Among Le Corbusier’s notable contributions to 20th-century architecture were his ideas for low-cost social housing, which he famously advanced in the 1923 manifesto Vers une Architecture (Toward an Architecture). Around this same time, the visionary architect began working on the Quartiers Modernes Frugès, a master-planned community of several dozen homes in Pessac, France. Nearly a century later, the development is still buzzing with residents—one of whom recently listed a choice corner unit for sale.
The development was one of two that Le Corbusier planned and built for sugar industrialist Henri Frugès, and it served as a neighborhood for his employees. Each residence offered first-class amenities for the time period, including private rooftop terraces, car parking areas, bathrooms with showers, and boilers to supply hot water. Yet the design was not without controversy, and its vibrantly colored concrete facades were a stark departure from the traditional architecture of the surrounding area.
Many of the units have been altered since the development’s completion, and some were destroyed during World War II, although recent efforts have focused on protecting and revitalizing the community. The site was declared a local historical monument in the 1980s and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
The unit up for sale is located in one of two "zigzag" buildings, so named for their Z-shaped plan that perpendicularly connects three residences. All of the units’ layouts were designed 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 area is divided by a central staircase and features windows along nearly the full width of one side. Upstairs, one of the bedrooms offers direct access to a rooftop 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 €472,000 (~$564,677).
Located in Pessac, France, the home is currently listed for €472,000 (approximately $564,677) by Architecture de Collection.
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