La Cité Radieuse

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The idea to build the Cité Radieuse is the result of a research program that Le Corbusier oversaw for almost 25 years. The aim was to find a new architectural response to the problem of collective housing at a time when France was experiencing severe housing shortage.
According to Le Corbusier, the Unité d'Habitation creates a social space in which the individual and the collective are equally balanced. The central idea of the model remains simple : it's to build on artificial grounds individual flats that are placed within the logic of a collective structure. The building itself stands on stilts. The way in which the Unité is organized and the integrated services it offers are meant to enrich social life in the building.
By doing so, Le Cobusier invents a town object that transcends the ordinary functions of housing.

The first and most famous of these buildings, also known as Cité Radieuse ( Radiant City ) and, informally, as La Maison du Fada ( " The Lunatic's House" ) is located in Marseille, France, built 1947-1952.

I made a few shots there with my Holga camera almost a year ago and got it processed last week.

I'm such a lazy person.