Immeuble Clarté

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Immeuble Clarté
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Alternative names Maison Clarté
General information
Type Residential
Architectural style Modernist
Address Rue Saint-Laurent 2–4
Town or city Geneva
Country Switzerland
Construction started 1931
Completed 1932
Renovated 1975
Technical details
Floor count 9
Design and construction
Architect Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret
Renovating team
Architect Pascal Haüsermann, Bruno Camoletti
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Part of The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement
Criteria Cultural: (i), (ii), (vi)
Reference 1321rev-007
Inscription 2016 (40th Session)
Area 0.15 ha (16,000 sq ft)
Buffer zone 1.8 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 storeys and comprises 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