A restored duplex in Le Corbusier’s iconic Cité Radieuse seeks $ 437,000


In Marseille, France, a Modernist time capsule sits on the fifth floor of La Cité Radieuse, a UNESCO-listed housing estate of architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. The two-story unit was built between 1948 and 1952 as part of the famous concrete structure, which is now recognized as an iconic cachet of the work of the late architect.

One of Le Corbusier’s most famous projects, La Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France, is recognized as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture. It was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016. Although the building was officially completed in 1952, the legendary architect began to develop the designs for typical apartments as early as 1920.

La Cité Radieuse, or “La Ville Radieuse”, marked the first of five Residential Unit buildings designed by Le Corbusier across Europe. The stilt housing complex comprises 337 apartments of 23 different types.

Each unit of the 12-story complex spans two levels. The fifth-floor duplex currently listed for € 385,000 (approx. US $ 436,582) offers views of the nearby Mediterranean Sea.

Measuring approximately 684 square feet, the currently listed Type C duplex on the building’s fifth floor greets guests with an open-plan upper level where the original floor-to-ceiling windows frame a view of the Mediterranean Sea. A compact kitchen designed by French architect Charlotte Perriand, one of Le Corbusier’s frequent collaborators, connects to the living / dining room through a small cut out window. Perriand also designed several built-in and furniture elements on the two floors.

The duplex features a neutral color scheme with pops of wood that stand out against the surrounding white walls and ceiling.

The small but efficient kitchen designed by Charlotte Perriand features original tiles and cabinetry. The space receives natural light thanks to the large bay windows in the living room.

From the upper level of the apartment, an original wooden and metal staircase by French architect and designer Jean Prouvé leads to the private wing of the house. The lower level is currently configured as a bedroom and a small office space which opens onto a covered terrace. Additional storage and a bathroom are located at the end of the hallway.

A large wardrobe designed by Charlotte Perriand originally served as a separation between the office area and the bedroom on the lower level.

Residents of the Le Corbusier-designed complex have access to a rooftop area, as well as the seven-acre park surrounding the development. The historic building also houses several cafes, restaurants, shops and a hotel.

The bay windows help to bathe the room in natural light.

A small private terrace located next to the bedroom overlooks the coastal town.

The lower hallway has original built-in storage.

A completely white bathroom with a bath is on the lower level.


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