After two failed attempts, the achievements of the Franco-Swiss architect, which was celebrated in August 2015, the fiftieth anniversary of the death are finally classified as World Heritage. overview of his most famous French sites.
The architectural work of Le Corbusier has been declared World Heritage, said Sunday the Unesco in a tweet. Suspended Saturday after the attempted military coup in Turkey, resumed Sunday for a day in Istanbul instead ended Wednesday, July 20, the organization announced. “A special meeting must be held in Paris next September for applications that have not been examined,” said AFP a member of the French delegation present. The series of the seventeen sites (including six in France) by the architect joins the prestigious list that includes 1,031 sites in 163 countries. Among them that of Firminy (center-east of France), the second largest site after that of Chandigarh in India, with an area, its culture house its stadium, swimming pool and his church or the Radiant City in Marseilles . “This good news comes after more than a decade of work, consultation and two failures”, welcomed in a statement Benoît Cornu, the first deputy in Ronchamp (Haute-Saône), who chairs since 2016 the Association of Sites Corbusier created in 2010. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known under the pseudonym Le Corbusier died August 27, 1965 at the age of 77. Here’s six of its architectural achievements in chronological order.
● The houses La Roche and Jeanneret, Paris, 16th district, 1923-1925
designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, houses La Roche and Jeanneret were built in 1923-1925 years to meet two separate orders. The first, for Raoul La Roche (1889-1965), modern art collector, and the second, more domestic dimension to the family of Albert Jeanneret, musician, brother of Le Corbusier. Maison La Roche is open to visitors, and Maison Jeanneret houses since 1970 the offices of the Fondation Le Corbusier.
● Villa Savoye, Poissy (Yvelines), 1928
Built on high ground overlooking the Seine, the villa called “the clear Hours” is a cartoon house weekend by Le Corbusier in collaboration with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, between 1928 and 1931 for on behalf of Savoye, a rich Parisian bourgeois family. The architect designed Villa Savoye as a cube placed on the lawn. Damaged during the war, the villa was restored and listed building.
● Radiant City, Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), 1947
L ‘housing unit in Marseille, known as the radiant City, was designed by Le Corbusier in 1947. at a height of 56 meters and a width of 165 meters, the building now includes 337 apartment . True vertical city, it contained at the time of its creation shops, sports facilities, health and education, as well as a hotel with 21 rooms. The roof was designed as a communal terrace with a kindergarten, a gymnasium, a running track, a small children’s pool and an open-air auditorium.
● Couvent de la Tourette, Éveux (Rhône), 1953
the Dominicans of Lyon instructed Le Corbusier to realize Eveux-sur-Arbresle, near Lyon, the Couvent de la Tourette, wilderness. He develops from 1953 following the community’s wishes to “stay hearts percent and percent body in silence.” It is the last major work of architect in France who said about him: “This convent of rough concrete is a work of love. He does not speak. It’s inside it lives. It is within that happens most. “
● Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp (Haute-Saône), 1950-1955
the Notre-Dame-du-Haut is built like a white arch with openings with colored glazing. The shell of the roof, a form inspired by the crab shell is made of rough concrete. “I wanted to create a place of silence, prayer, peace, inner joy,” says Le Corbusier on the day of the inauguration of the chapel, June 25, 1955.
● Verde Firminy (Loire), 1958-1962
the Le Corbusier site of Firminy is the largest site made by the architect in Europe and the second in the world after Chandigarh located in India. The neighborhood is built on the principles of the Athens Charter drafted in 1933: meeting the needs of the body, soul and spirit, in a setting sun, space and greenery are dominants.ll integrates all services which, for the time, are revolutionary. With her thousand homes, Firminy-Vert, which receives the award of Urbanism in 1961, was to have a demonstrative value. Besides the church, his third and last religious building found on the site House of Culture, a remarkable dwelling unit and a sports complex with an Olympic stadium in recalling his disposal the Greco-Roman arenas.
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