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

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

The Cité de Refuge was damaged by shelling at the end of the Second World War, and in 1952, Le Corbusier replaced the original glass curtain wall façade with a colourful “brise-soleil” design of concrete sun baffles

Public tours of a newly-restored Salvation Army shelter in Paris designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret start in April. 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, which opened in 1933 and takes its forms from ocean liners, is historically significant as Le Corbusier’s first urban housing project and one of only two completed buildings in Paris. It was commissioned by the Franco-American Singer sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac, a philanthropist, arts patron and amateur painter who exhibited at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The Cité de Refuge was damaged by shelling at the end of the Second World War, and in 1952, Le Corbusier replaced the original glass curtain wall façade with a colourful “brise-soleil” design of concrete sun baffles, now a National Historic Monument along with other elements of the structure. […]