UNESCO: Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille could lose World Heritage Status

Unité d'Habitation, Le Corbusier I
Unité d'Habitation, Le Corbusier Image: A.Savin (wikipedia)

UNESCO has warned that the famous Cité Radieuse, the housing project in Marseille by legendary architect Le Corbusier, could lose it’s prestigious World Heritage Status due to the construction of a new development project within it’s vicinity.

The Cité Radieuse was a revolutionairy housing project built between 1947 and 1953. It acted as a prototype for a modernist residential housing design principle which has been the template for housing projects throughout the entire world.

The project gained it’s World Heritage Status in 2016 together with 16 other projects by the famous French-Swiss architect, of which there are six outside of France in a joined bid. Because of this joint status, fears arise that the status of the other projects may be in jeopardy as well. The decision of the investigating commission is expected to be delivered on March 4th of this year.

Read more (in French) at Le Parisien.