Renovation and Restructuring the Cité de Refuge by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Preserving the Dual Functional and Architectural Identity of the Masterpiece

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https://doi.org/10.52200/53.A.4R3OD13V

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

The Cité de Refuge, for the Salvation Army, was built in Paris by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, in 1933. For Le Corbusier, it represented a formal, technical and mainly social architectural manifesto, as part of his idea of new society published in La Ville Radieuse, in 1935. Seventy years after, the building is deeply transformed because the everyday use is inadequate for the contemporary community standards for the reception of homeless and current climate standards. The challenge of the last restoration campaign (2007–2015) was to reconcile the current demanding standards while maintaining and upgrading the architectural qualities of the building.

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Ragot, G. (2015). Renovation and Restructuring the Cité de Refuge by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Preserving the Dual Functional and Architectural Identity of the Masterpiece. Docomomo Journal, (53), 56–63. https://doi.org/10.52200/53.A.4R3OD13V

Published

2015-09-01

Author Biography

Gilles Ragot, Michel de Montaigne University Bordeaux 3

(b. Louviers, France, 1957). Curator of 20th Century Archives for the Institut Français d’Architecture (1984–1994). Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et du Paysage in Bordeaux (1994–2013). Since 2013, Gilles Ragot is a professor of History of Contemporary Art at the Bordeaux Montaigne University.