A short overview of the French outsider architect Fernand Pouillon. He represents a modernism which was an evolution rather than a break with tradition. In short a future that didn’t happen.
The first work about Fernand Pouillon in English, long overdue and lovingly written. Partial in both senses of the word which gives a deep insight into his Architectural philosophy.
- Name: Unité d’habitation
- Location: Marseille, France
- Architect: Le Corbusier
- Year: 1947-52
Introduction Le Corbusier’s first Unité d’Habitation
The Marseille Unitéd’habitation which literally means unit of habitation is the first of the series of experimental and futuristic housing blocks developed by the Architect Le Corbusier after WWII. It became one of the most influential Modernist buildings of all time with countless iterations tried by other Architects all over the world and developed in different directions and with different levels of success.
Corbusier himself built four more Unité d’Habitations in Europe. The Rough concrete he used ‘béton brut’ became the signature of the style known as Brutalism. Simply put if you are are interested in Modern Architecture or the History of Architecture this is one of the buildings you should know.