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Le Corbusier / 5 housing units

By 30 November 2022February 22nd, 2024No Comments

Le Corbusier’s five housing units brought together in one book for the first time! Architectural and urban planning photographer Manuel Bougot and architect and historian Vincent Bertaud du Chazaud have signed their third book, highlighting the famous Cités Radieuses built by Le Corbusier in France and Germany.

Le Corbusier has only built 5 housing units (Marseille, Rezé, Berlin, Briey and Firminy). While these projects may seem like exceptions, they are already part of the social and cultural history of the 20th century: they were built in response to a shortage of housing during the reconstruction or industrialisation of steel and mining regions, and were part of the continuation of the Modern Movement of the 1930s.

As the embodiment of an ideal of modern living that promotes the development of new facilities in homes and community services in the building, housing units have been able to adapt to change to become resolutely contemporary, but also as an architectural heritage.

Editions du Moniteur,

176 pages,


Housing unit in Marseille, 1952 © Manuel Bougot

Berlin housing unit, 1957 © Manuel Bougot

Housing unit in Briey, 1960 © Manuel Bougot

Firminy-Vert housing unit, 1965 © Manuel Bougot

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Vincent Bertaud du Chazaud

Vincent Bertaud du Chazaud is an architect who graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts et industries de Strasbourg in 1976 and obtained a doctorate in art history from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2004.

Manuel Bougot

Manuel Bougot is a photographer with a passion for architecture and urban planning. Since 2009, his work on Le Corbusier’s projects in India has been the subject of international exhibitions.

Together, they have already published with Editions du Moniteur  Jean Prouvé / Cinq maisons sur mesure (2020) and Art Nouveau / 5 villas et hôtels particuliers (2022)