Friday, December 9, 2016

Quartiers Modernes Frugès - France

Quartiers Modernes Frugès, a housing development located in Pessac, France, is one of the 17 projects designed by the architect Le Corbusier, classified as UNESCO WHS last summer. I already have a card from the Capitole Complex in India, now I'm missing cards from any of his works in Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, Germany and Japan. 
This card was sent by Marina in Italy and bought by her mother in France.

Ville de Pessac - Direction de la Communication 
Quartiers Modernes Frugès contained some 70 housing units, built as experimental housing for workers.
Le Corbusier took into account prevailing social and economic factors, and was determined to build the plan to provide people with low-cost, predetermined, homogeneous cubist structures.
The project originated in 1920 with 10 houses built at Lege, near Pessac, for the father of Henry Fruges. Following this initial phase, the project was extended to 200 houses. Only a quarter of this number were built by 1926. L-C painted panels of brown, blue, yellow and jade green in response to the clients request for 'decoration'.
The layout consists of a terrace of about 8 three storey houses with roof gardens. Behind them is a terrace of houses connected to each other with a concrete arch which provides a sheltered garden. In the middle of the development are the interlocking houses. - in: wikipedia

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