the "Cité Radieuse" in Marseille is not only a structure, but also a new way of living.
This building in Marseille is known as "the Cité Radieuse" and has been designed by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, in the 50s. The architect give life to a new concept of space, to the famous "unites d'habitation" (housing block unit). Extremely modern for its time, shortly after the Second World War, this concrete building was an innovative idea that caused some controversy.
The complex is composed of 337 apartments, with splashes of color holds 1600 residents, a school, a swimming pool, shops and even a contemporary art centre. He entirely redimensions the way of living of people by designing a proper lifestyle and not only the concrete structure.
Made from oak wood, the apartments designed by Le Corbusier are warm, practical, and comfortable all at once. The residences have well-thought-out storage space (many cupboards/closets) and good lighting thanks to large bright windows and sliding glass doors. The eye-catching concrete front is tinted red, yellow, green and blue. The 3rd floor is characterized by the "rue des commerces" (shop street). Floors' corridors are called "streets" and are thought as interior streets that cross the building.
With its landscaped terrace, the rooftop paddling pool and playground are still a fun place for children. It also boasts a splendid view of Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea.
Today the Cité Radieuse is listed as a Historical Monument by the UNESCO, and it is open to all visitors: a professional guide will give you a tour including the inside of one of the Historic Monument listed apartments. The thriving spirit of the residents at Cité Radieuse is still prominent, as well as the majority of services that were initially set up there (bookshop, hotel, grocers, brasserie...).
On the roof terrace, there is the old gym which since 2013 has been transformed into a centre of contemporary art: the MaMo. It has hosted works by great artists like Daniel Buren.