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Cité de Refuge

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Le Corbusier
location Paris
function health care, social housing
contributed by goa

The Salvation Army Refuge in Paris was Le Corbusier's first opportunity to create accommodation for the urban poor. The compact site provided the chance for a radical approach both to bringing in light and space and to laying out the entrance halls to accommodate the Salvation Army's reception process. The core of Le Corbusier's design was the dormitory slab with a sheer glass curtain wall. Critical to the success of this south-facing glass wall was to have been a technologically ambitious system of double glazing and air conditioning ('respiration exacte'). These were never built as intended, and the sheer skin of the wall was lost to Le Corbusier's trademark brises soleils later on in an attempt to prevent the inhabitants from overheating. In the spirit of the free plan, Le Corbusier took the entrance hall components out of the dormitory block, constructing a geometric pathway through separate reception buildings outside (text from

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Cité de Refuge
Rue Cantagrel 12
Project is public!
Opening hours Telephone: 01 53 61 82 00
How to get there? Take the RER to Bibliothèque François Mitterand, and choose the Rue du Chevalaret exit. Walk south along Rue du Chevalaret, and at the first junction turn backwards right up rue Cantagrel. The Refuge is a few meters up on your right.
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Completion 1929
Architect, Artist, Interior architect, Landscape architect, Urban plannerLe Corbusier
Client Armée du Salut (Salvation Army)
Project ID 3417
Latitude/Longitude 48°49'36N 02°22'36E
Contributed by goa
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