Hotels: Hotel Le Corbusier
By Kirsten Kiser
Unite d’Habitation, Le Corbusier’s first large scale project, is one of his most important. Hotel Le Corbusier is a ‘must’ for architecture aficionados.
Set in 4 hectares of parklands the Unite d’Habitation, designed to accommodate 1,600 residents on 18 floors, was constructed between 1947 and 1952.
Hotel Le Corbusier, designed by the architect, is located on the third and fourth floors.
To allow for circulation space beneath Corbusier lifted the building on concrete pilotis. The pilotis is the first principle of Le Corbusier’s ‘five points of architecture’.
The apartments are accessed from corridors ‘streets in the air’ that run through the centre on every third floor of the building.
Since they took over the hotel in 2003 the owners have worked hard to restore the buildings original features, consulting with the Le Corbusier Foundation about materials and furnishings.
The hotel apartments range from small 172 square feet rooms, based on the monastic cells Corbusier designed for La Tourette Monastery, to 345 square feet mini-suites with balconies overlooking the Bay de Marseille.
Have a look at Le Corbusier’s La Tourette Monastery in this arcspace image library
The roof, with its sculptural ventilation stacks, running track and a shallow pool, was renovated in 2010. Open to the public, the roof has unobstructed views of the Mediterranean and Marseille.
The hotel restaurant ‘The Belly of the Architect’ is located on the fourth floor. The decor is both modern and an homage to Le Corbusier.
The stairway and some parts from the original design by Fernand Bokobza, who passed away in 2012, still exists.
Lunch and dinner is prepared by chef Jerome Caprin. Great food and a view of the Mediterranean and the Frioul Islands.
Hotel Le Corbusier
Owners: Dominique & Alban Gerardin