Unite d'Habitation
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Marseilles, France   map
Date 1946 to 1952   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing
 Construction System concrete
Climate mediterranean
Style Modern
Notes Housing slab, raised off ground on sculpted legs.
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Discussion Unite d'Habitation Commentary

"Le Corbusier's most influential late work was his first significant postwar structure—the UnitÈ d'Habitation in Marseilles of 1947-52. The giant, twelve-story apartment block for 1.600 people is the late modern counterpart of the mass housing schemes of the 1920s, similarly built to alleviate a severe postwar housing shortage. Although the program of the building is elaborate, structurally it is simple: a rectilinear ferroconcrete grid, into which are slotted precast individual apartment units, like 'bottles into a wine rack' as the architect put it. Through ingenious planning, twenty-three different apartment configurations were provided to acccommodate single persons and families as large as ten, nearly all with double-height living rooms and the deep balconies that form the major external feature."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p541.

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Sources on Unite d'Habitation

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. exterior perspective, p65. typical floor plan, p217. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p58-59. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.054. PCD.2260.1012.1841.053

Yukio Futagawa. Global Architecture: Le Corbusier, L'UnitÈ d'habitation, Marsieille, France, and l'UnitÈ d'habitation Berlin, West Germany. Japan: A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., 1972.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p166. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. Available at Amazon.com

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. p542-544. p541-2. ISBN 0-8109-1077-2. aerial photo, f10, p51. plan drawing, f9, p51. — available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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