Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation
After illustrating several Brutalist buildings, I thought it was about time I did one of the 'grand master' of the Brutalist- modernist movement, Le Corbusier.
Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation is arguably the most influential Brutalist building of all time. With its human proportions, chunky pilotis and interior "streets", it redefined high-density housing by reimagining a city inside an 18-storey slab block. Completed in 1952, Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille has been blamed for launching a thousand brutalist concrete apartment blocks around the world. (including the mammoth Kanchenjunga tower in Bombay)
The Unite d’ Habitation was the first of a new housing project series for Le Corbusier that focused on communal living for all the inhabitants to shop, play, live, and come together in a “vertical garden city.” Le Corbusier believed the tower block was the solution for rehousing the masses that had been displaced during the second world war, and that high rise building could be used to create spacious city homes with the same amenities as a typical street.
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