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 CitÃ© Radieuse, a UNESCO-listed housing estate of architect Charles-Ãdouard 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.
La CitÃ© 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.
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.
From the upper level of the apartment, an original wooden and metal staircase by French architect and designer Jean ProuvÃ© 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.
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.