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Apartment in Le Corbusier’s Brutalist icon La Cité Radieuse lists for $740K

Apartment-hunters in Marseille, France, now have the chance to snap up an architectural icon—a duplex unit in Le Corbusier’s famed La Cité Radieuse housing complex—for €598,000 (roughly $740,000).

The building was Le Corb’s first Unité d’Habitation, embodying his philosophy of an ideal “vertical garden city” that set the stage for an international wave of modern housing blocks. Made of béton-brut concrete and finished in 1952, the structure is hailed as the first Brutalist building, and was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.

The apartment on the market still has its original layout—including a kitchen and double-height living room on the main level, and five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the upper level. The 1,500-square-foot space also has many original details including oak flooring and the Charlotte Perriand-designed kitchen.

The unit is on a high floor of the complex, and commands sweeping views of Marseille all the way to the sea.

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