Immeuble Clarté

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Immeuble Clarté
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Alternative namesMaison Clarté
General information
Architectural styleModernist
AddressRue Saint-Laurent 2–4
Town or cityGeneva
Construction started1931
Technical details
Floor count9
Design and construction
ArchitectLe Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret
Renovating team
ArchitectPascal Haüsermann, Bruno Camoletti
Part ofThe Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement
CriteriaCultural: (i), (ii), (vi)
Inscription2016 (40th session)
Area0.15 ha (16,000 sq ft)
Buffer zone1.8 ha (190,000 sq ft)

Immeuble Clarté is an apartment building in Geneva designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret starting from 1928 and built in 1931–32. It has eight stories comprising 45 free plan units of diverse configurations and sizes.[1][2] It is one of Le Corbusier's key early projects in which he explored the principles of modernist architecture in apartment buildings, which later led to the Unité d'Habitation design principle.[3]

After it escaped demolition in the 1960s, the building was first renovated in the 1970s. After being again threatened with demolition in the early 1980s, in 1986 it was listed as a historic monument.[2] In July 2016, the building and several other works by Le Corbusier were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[4]

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  1. ^ Fondation Le Corbusier: "Immeuble Clarté, Geneva, Switzerland, 1930", retrieved 12 October 2012
  2. ^ a b City of Geneva: "Restauration de l'immeuble Clarté de Le Corbusier", 24 August 2007
  3. ^ Sherwood, Roger: "Modern Housing Prototypes", Harvard University Press, 1978
  4. ^ "The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 19 July 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sumi, Christian: "Immeuble Clarté Genf 1932 von Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret", Zürich: gta, ETH Zürich 1989, ISBN 3-250-50106-9

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Coordinates: 46°12′0″N 6°9′24″E / 46.20000°N 6.15667°E / 46.20000; 6.15667