Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation in Marseilles



Le Corbusier

It's over half a century since Modernist icon Le Corbusier passed away, yet he is the 27th most popular architect on Dezeen.

The influence of the Swiss-born architect, who is responsible for some of the 20th century's most recognisable buildings, simply will not wane. If anything, with the return to favour of brutalism, the Corb bandwagon is rolling more strongly than it has for a long time.

French car brand Renault celebrated the 50th anniversary of his death last year with a concept car that supposedly references his buildings while a project imagining his Ronchamp church covered in graffiti was popular with our readers, as was this portfolio of new photos of his La Tourette monastery.

UNESCO recently added 17 of his projects to its heritage list.

His Unite d'habitation building in Marseille became a model for standardised housing across Europe, and when we featured the project in our Brutalism series in 2014 it became the most-read story about the architect on Dezeen.

Most popular of all though was our 2014 homage to his Unité d'Habitation in Marseilles, which is one of the most influential buildings of all time and which was written as part of our special series on brutalism.

Next year we wouldn't be surprised if Corb climbed even higher up our list, since UNESCO recently added 17 of his projects to its heritage list, introducing his work to a new generation of architecture lovers.

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