finding out why constantinople got the works

unite d’habitation, le corbusier 1946-52

Posted in marseille by jlm2dy on November 24, 2010

enter, and find the modular man

gridded from the porches to the hallways

rooftop bliss.

i should mention why this is important: this former apartment building was designed to be the ‘machine for modern living’ according to the architect, le corbusier. based on the proportions of the human body and the efficiency of a cruise ship, it is a regular system of modules for apartments elegantly detailed down to the nails in the framework. also within the building to sustain an entire community: pastry shop, restaurant, day care center, gymnasium, library, office spaces (from studios to acupuncture to doctors). needless to say, staying in this hotel was epic, and thus it deserves its own post[s].

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  1. karin giger said, on November 25, 2010 at 2:53 am

    what a remarkable place the le corbusier machine for modern living looks like. i’d never been that eager to go to marseilles, but between that building, and the spectacular basilica, it’s on my list now. that church is killer….i love the bold graphic look of the red and white stripes mixed with the detailed ornate intricate gilt and colored designs. all goes together. and then the suspended boats. fantastic. wish we had seen it together. perhaps, yet. love


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