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The Cité Radieuse Marseille

Monuments

Historical monument, the Cité Radieuse imagined and built by Le Corbusier is an avant-garde vision of architecture of its time.

The Cité Radieuse was built between 1947 and 1952 by the architect Le Corbusier. It was commissioned by the French State as Marseille was lacking housing after the bombings of the WW2. The Cité Radieuse was initially intended to civil servants and war victims. Then, Le Corbusier produced this accommodation unit of 337 apartments which is 56m high.
 
The particularity of the "house of crazy", as called it some people of Marseille, is in the establishment of a genuine area of collective life, a kind of village within the city.
Indeed, The Cité Radieuse of Le Corbusier features an indoor street with shops, a hotel, a grocery store, a preschool and also a gymnasium converted since 2013 into an exhibition gallery. Le Corbusier's vision was to allow its residents to have everything close by. The building was, at the time, surrounded by a factory, fields and villas and didn’t have a shopping area.
 
Located on the roof terrace of the building, the MaMo takes its name from Modulor, a human silhouette of 183 cm created by Le Corbusier to serve as a yardstick in the construction of the Cité Radieuse of Marseille. Designed by Ora Ito, the museum is described as « a place of artistic creation in the sky ». It welcomes all year many young talents.
 
Tours are organized by the Tourist Office & Convention Bureau of Marseille 2 times per day in the heart of the building. You will discover a classified apartment, the shopping street and make a stop on the roof terrace.
 
Useful Information:
 
The Cité Radieuse Le Corbusier Marseille
280 boulevard Michelet
13009 Marseille
 
Acces : Bus n°21, 21S, 22 et 22S stop Le Corbusier
 
Visits:
Full Rate: 10€
Children Rate: (5 to 11 years included): 5€ 
 
Book directly your visit on the Tourist Office & Convention Bureau of Marseille website.
 
 
MaMo Museum Marseille
Art center of the Cité Radieuse
 
Opens from Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm
Entrance: 5€
 
Visit the MaMo website to check the present and futures exhibition. (French website)