Dezeen's James Brillon takes a look at Le Corbusier's colorful Cité Frugès housing complex, which was completed in a town outside Bordeaux in 1924, and is one of 17 Le Corbusier projects that received UNESCO listing earlier this month.
Henry Fruges, a French industrialist, was enamored by Le Corbusier's work, and commissioned the architect to design the housing units for employees of his nearby sugar factory. Today, the houses' simple geometry and bold colors have made them increasingly desirable and popular on the real estate market.
He specifically requested that he apply his controversial principles of architecture to the design, "however extreme the consequences might be". Many aspects of the resulting complex were typical of the architect's later work. The 50 units that were actually built followed seven templates designed by the architect. This allowed builders to reuse the same formwork for pouring concrete, which greatly reduced costs.