Designed by master architect Le Corbusier in 1946, the Unité d'Habitation in Marseilles, France is an elegant synthesis of the architect's experiments with material, form, and social function. Le Corbusier, who was born on this day in 1887, designed the Unité d'Habitation or 'Housing Unit', as a singular structure for autonomous living. Complete with apartments, shops, exercise facilities, and a hotel, the Unité d'Habitation incorporated many of Le Corbusier's concepts and principles... the Modulor proportioning system, brise-soleil shading devices, and a rooftop garden composed of raw sculptural forms of béton brut.
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