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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
French
Title
Cité de Refuge
exterior
detail view
entrance facade
Work Type
crisis shelters
Date
Work: 1929-1933
Era: CE
Image Date: 1983
Location
12 rue Cantagruel
Paris, Ville de Paris, Département de, Île-de-France, France
Material
concrete; glass (material); glass block
Period
Modernist
Description
Work: [Le Corbusier's third project for the French Salvation Army in Paris]. Even as built, the hostel (1929-1933), called the Cité de Refuge, constitutes a complete urban fragment, incorporating overnight accommodation for 680 people and a long-stay hostel for unmarried mothers, with a crèche, refectory, clubs and reading rooms. Le Corbusier's innovative but flawed system of environmental control by means of murs neutralisants (hermetically sealed, double-glazed walls with a shallow cavity into which hot or cold air could be pumped) was ultimately abandoned, but despite technical inadequacies the Cité de Refuge is a fascinating and rich building, full of fantasy and vision and yet surprisingly practical. The difficult site is exploited to the full with a circulation route through a monumental reception porch into a circular drum, which acts as a 'social condenser'. With its philosophy of strict discipline within an enclosed and protected working environment, the building expresses the bracing morality of William Booth and his French disciple Albin Peyron. -- http://www.groveart.com/
ID Number
000047678_0003
Source
Photographer: Wilson, Richard Guy
Rights
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File Properties
File Name
23678834.fpx
SSID
23678834

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