The Marseille Unité d’Habitation after Le Corbusier: Or the Chronicle of a Permanent Construction Site

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  • Yvan Delemontey École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne image/svg+xml

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52200/54.A.MVLPSYLX

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Now that Le Corbusier's architectural oeuvre has been nominated for the third time for inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it is useful to revisit one of his icons built in the aftermath of World War II: the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille. Far from wishing to retrace the genesis of this outstanding building, it is a different story that I would like to sketch out here. Less well known, it is, however, fundamental to the material understanding and conservation of modern architecture. It is a history of the many repairs and other restoration projects that have accompanied this monument of 20th century architecture ever since its inception.

How to Cite

Delemontey, Y. (2016). The Marseille Unité d’Habitation after Le Corbusier: Or the Chronicle of a Permanent Construction Site. Docomomo Journal, (54), 60–65. https://doi.org/10.52200/54.A.MVLPSYLX

Published

2016-04-01

Author Biography

Yvan Delemontey, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Architect, PhD in architecture. Lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and researcher at the Laboratory of Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture (TSAM). His work is focused on building systems developed after 1945 and the conservation of the 20th century architectural heritage.