Cité de Refuge Paris by Le Corbusier

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Cité de Refuge Paris by Le Corbusier

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6 Apr 2016

Cité de Refuge Paris Building

Architect: Le Corbusier

Date built: 1929-33

Location: Armée du salut, Rue du Chevaleret, Paris, France

Address: La cité de refuge – Homeless Shelter, 12 Rue Cantagrel, 75013 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 61 82 00

Le Corbusier’s freshly-restored Paris shelter to open to the public

Residents will give tours of the Salvation Army’s Cité de Refuge

Cité de Refuge Paris by Le Corbusier
photograph by Rory Hyde from Amsterdam, Netherlands – Le Corbusier- Salvation Army Hostel, 1931-33, CC BY-SA 2.0, http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20421514

Public tours of a newly-restored Salvation Army shelter in Paris designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret start in April, reports The Art Newspaper. The tour guides for the 11-storey building, known as the Cité de Refuge, will be the residents of the building themselves who have been trained by the Fondation Le Corbusier. The Cité de Refuge takes its forms from ocean liners.

Website: Cité de Refuge Paris

Cité de Refuge architect : Le Corbusier

Cité de Refuge Paris by Le Corbusier
photo by Ordifana75 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17203751

According to the www.galinsky.com website:

“The Salvation Army Refuge in Paris was Le Corbusier’s first opportunity to create accommodation for the urban poor, under the philanthropy of the Princesse to Polignac, an heiress of the Singer Sewing Machines fortune. The compact site provided the chance for a radical approach both to bringing in light and space and to laying out the entrance halls to accommodate the Salvation Army’s reception process.”

Website: Cité de Refuge by Le Corbusier

This Modern Parisian building is historically significant as Le Corbusier’s first urban housing project and one of only two completed buildings in the French capital.

Description in French at www.fondationlecorbusier.fr:

Armée du Salut, Cité de Refuge, Paris, France, 1929

La Cité de Refuge a été entreprise par l’Armée du Salut en 1929 et, après bien des difficultés vaincues, a été inaugurée le 7 décembre 1933. C’est le premier bâtiment d’habitation entièrement hermétique, qui comporte en particulier un vitrage de mille mètres carrés sans ouvrant. L’intérieur est muni d’un système d’air pulsé qui a donné des résultats parfaits en hiver et largement satisfaisants en été. Cette installation d’air pulsé, qui est la clef de voûte de ce bâtiment et, en même temps, des thèses actuelles de Le Corbusier, a été faite avec des crédits extrêmement faibles. Les résultats sont suffisants pour permettre tous les espoirs.

Website: Armée du Salut, Cité de Refuge


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