Maison Zigzag Quartiers Modernes Frugès by Le Corbusier
Among Le Corbusier’s notable contributions to 20th-century architecture were his ideas for low-cost social housing, which he notoriously put forward in the 1923 manifesto. Towards architecture (Towards architecture). Around the same time, the visionary architect began work on Quartiers Modernes FrugÃ¨s, a planned community of several dozen houses in Pessac, France. Nearly a century later, the development is still buzzing with residents, one of whom recently listed a premier corner unit for sale.
The development was one of two that Le Corbusier had planned and built for the sugar industrialist Henri FrugÃ¨s, and it served as a neighborhood for his employees. Each residence offered first-class amenities for the period, including private rooftop terraces, parking lots, bathrooms with showers, and boilers to provide hot water. Still, the design was not without controversy, and its brightly colored concrete facades were a radical departure from the traditional architecture of the surrounding area.
Many units have been altered since development was completed, and some were destroyed during WWII, although recent efforts have focused on protecting and revitalizing the community. The site was declared a Local Historic Landmark in the 1980s and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
The unit for sale is located in one of two âzigzagâ buildings, so named for their Z-shaped plan which connects three residences perpendicularly. All the plans of the units were designed according to Le Corbusier’s standardized grid of five meters by five meters.
Offering two bedrooms and one bathroom, the 915 square foot residence occupies two levels. Downstairs, the original open concept living and dining room is divided by a central staircase and has windows running almost the full width to one side. Upstairs, one of the bedrooms offers direct access to a roof terrace, which is topped by the building’s characteristic pergola and overlooks the private garden. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for â¬ 472,000 (~ $ 564,677).