Unité D'Habitation, Marseille, France by Le Corbusier.

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Unité d'Habitation, Marseille, France by Le Corbusier. Subject – History. By - Kalyani Kharade. Date- /01/2013 Abstract: The report gives a brief overview about the housing project by Le Corbusier. Unité d'Habitation designed by Le Corbusier introduced the concept of “ vertical garden city”. It was designed to rehouse the victims of the destroyed neighborhoods of the city. It was the first opportunity to implement Corbusier's theories, to a scale that would lead to Modulor. Table of…show more content…
SITE PLAN:  The Unite d’ Habitation was a first, both for Le Corbusier and the ways in which to approach such a large complex to accommodate roughly 1,600 residents.  Especially since Le Corbusier did not have many buildings of such a substantial scale when compared to the villas.  When designing for such a significant number of inhabitants natural instinct is to design horizontally spreading out over the landscape, rather Le Corbusier designed the community that one would encounter in a neighborhood within a mixed use, modernist, residential high rise.  Le Corbusier’s idea of the “vertical garden city” was based on bringing the villa within a larger volume that allowed for the inhabitants to have their own private spaces, but outside of that private sector they would shop, eat, exercise, and gather together.  With nearly 1,600 residents divided among eighteen floors, thedesign requires an innovative approach toward spatial organization to accommodate the living spaces, as well as the public, communal spaces.  Interestingly enough, the majority of the communal aspects do not occur within the building; rather they are placed on the roof. The roof becomes a garden terrace that has a running track, a club, a kindergarten, a gym, and a shallow pool. Beside the roof, there are shops, medical facilities, and

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