Unité d’Habitation (Housing Unit)
Wednesday, 23rd November 2005 by Alex Turnbull
This is Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. Completed in 1952, it’s a modernist residential housing complex for up to 1,600 people which features 337 apartments over 12 stories. Interestingly, every apartment is built over 2 floors and is 24 metres long – filling the whole width of the building. The building also has an internal shopping street halfway up, and on the roof – a recreation ground, children’s nursery and swimming pool (which you can just make out at the south end).
Le Corbusier actually built 4 more of these buildings; 3 in France and another in Berlin, all of them similarly constructed in rough-cast concrete. Sounds like a block of high-rise flats to me… does anyone know what the residents think of living there?
Thanks to Frederic Argazzi and Bertrand Capo.