Photographer's Note

Cité radieuse, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône.

We end the tour of the Cité radieuse by its iconic facade. Large balconies decorated of three primary colors stretch over the entire length of the building. Only the northern facade, exposed to mistral, has no windows.

The apartment-type duplex, opens wide on the outside with large windows, providing natural light. It had all the modern comforts. The living room has a ceiling height of 4.80 meters, and the kitchen is equipped. The sound insulation between dwellings has been taken into account from the building design through lead boxes.

The last level (17th floor) itself is home to a kindergarten, a wading pool, gymnasium (now a Contemporary Art Centre), a race track on foot, solarium and outdoor auditorium.

The building is surrounded by a park, where the photo has been taken. It is from this perspective that we measure the unique architecture of this "housing unit of compliant size" in the words of its architect, Le Corbusier. From there, the building seems both solid and lightweight. Solid for its size (137 meters long, 56 high) and its raw look. And light because it is entirely based on pillars, leaving the ground floor free for pedestrians.

If the building has been designed before the Second World War, its construction took place after the war, from 1947 to 1952. At that time, the city of Marseille, ravaged by the conflict, is rebuilding. Local architects are responsible for this titanic work, and they preferred a classic style. This building with unique architecture stroke Marseille inhabitants, who quickly nicknamed it "La Maison du fada" ("Fada's house", fada meaning "mad" in provençal language. Today the Cité radieuse is part of the Marseilles landscape. The city was in an uproar when a fire destroyed 8 apartments and damaged 35 others in February 9, 2012.

WS : the same in colours

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