In Marseille, France, a modernist time capsule sits on the fifth floor of La Cité Radieuse, a UNESCO-listed housing development by architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. The two-level unit was built between 1948 and 1952 as part of the celebrated concrete structure, which is now recognized as an iconic stamp of the late architect’s work.
La Cité Radieuse, or "The Radiant City," marked the first of five Unité d'Habitation buildings designed by Le Corbusier throughout Europe. The stilted housing complex includes 337 apartments of 23 different types.
Measuring roughly 684 square feet, the currently listed C-type duplex apartment on the building’s fifth floor greets guests with an open-plan upper level where original floor-to-ceiling windows frame views 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 area through a small cut out window. Perriand also designed several built-ins and furnishings on both floors.
From the upper level of the apartment, an original wood-and-metal staircase by French architect and designer Jean Prouvé leads down to the private wing of the home. The lower level is currently configured as a bedroom and small office space that opens to a covered terrace. Additional storage and a bathroom are located down the hall.
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 multiple cafes, restaurants, shops, and a hotel.
Duplex Type C in La Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France, is currently listed for €385,000 (approximately $436,582 USD) by Architecture de Collection.
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