Le Corbusier works named world heritage sites

By listing the works of Le Corbier among world heritage sites, Unesco is affirming its willingness to promote and preserve the recent heritage dating less than one hundred years.

The works of Le Corbier, pioneer of modern architecture, have been listed by Unesco as world heritage. Seventeen structures from seven countries have accordingly been added onto the prestigious list of cultural and natural properties deemed priceless for the heritage of humanity.

The Unesco’s jury has therefore recognized the visionary ingeniousness of the Franco-Swiss born in 1887. From the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo and the House of Dr Curutchet in Argentina, passing by Laroche and Jeanneret houses in Paris, Le Corbusier has travelled the world from East to West, in the quest to share his esthetic and urban ideal.

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Chandigarh - city of justice

Indeed, beyond a quest for refined plastic blocks, Le Corbusier, takes a serious reflection on community life within the urban space. In his own words he says, “where there is order, there is happiness.” Through his straight and spacious lines, he wants to provide a sense of harmony among the city dwellers. In his designs, he is careful to integrate the common living places to the more private and personal spaces. He particularly treasures the planning of public buildings such as schools, libraries or flats.

This is how Le Corbusier coined the concept of housing unit, the “Cité Radieuse” in Marseille being the most illustrious example. This architectural unit with several hundreds of apartments houses medical, school and sports equipment’s for the community’s use. The residential space is planned in a way to facilitate meeting and sharing.

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The roof of the Cité Radieuse de Marseille

By listing the works of Le Corbier among world heritage sites, Unesco is affirming its willingness to promote and preserve recent heritage dating less than one hundred years.

“This milestone is not an end! it helps to promote this heritage that has now become global, to protect it and pass it on to our inheritors in good conditions so that they too may do the same,” commented Benoit Cornu, President of the Association of Le Corbier Sites who took part in preparing the nomination papers submitted to Unesco, as a result of a collaboration among the countries where this urban planner left his architectural imprints.

Dernière modification : 12/10/2016

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