Architecture lovers will spend hours exploring Le Corbusier’s Cite Radieuse – getting lost in its labyrinth of corridors with splashes of red, green & yellow doors, sci-fi lifts and concrete rooftop, photographing every detail of this modernist icon. If you want to see the state this place can put you in, check out the short film (right) we made on our last visit…
A fantastic way to experience it is to stay at L’Hotel Le Corbusier, which occupies a whole floor there, or even rent a Unite d’habitation – usually duplexes – from one of its owners on Airbnb (there’s usually a 120 euros duplex or a 90 euros duplex available).
Otherwise make sure you take a tour of one of the apartments; some residents open their homes for visitors in exchange for a small fee. The one we visited had Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand 50′s furniture alongside all the original Le Corbusier features. It’s amazing how cool and functional the flats were, and still are. Enquire at the hotel reception.
If you don’t stay at Radiant City, at least pop in for an apero on the terrace or dinner at the restaurant, Le Ventre de l’Architecte.
And check out Ora-Ito’s newly opened art gallery, MAMO, established in the old gym on the Cite’s rooftop, which the young French designer carefully renovated following Le Corbusier’s original plans. The gallery is opened from 11am to 6pm Wed-Sunday, the roster of contemporary art exhibitions looks promising and the view is simply stunning.
In short, a busy day ahead of you…
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