Cité Frugès in Pessac is a rare example of this unique architect's work
This astonishing project is due to Henry Frugès, a Bordeaux industrialist and lover of modern architecture. His motivation was socially-minded: he wanted to provide everyone with housing, regardless of their financial situation. Fifty houses were built in 1929.
The architectural style was completely different from any other at the time. The strict geometric shapes, concrete treated with compressed air and left unfinished, panoramic terraces, and vibrant colours had little in common with the very traditional style of a city that reveres the Age of Enlightenment.
This caused an immediate scandal, and people thought Frugès was insane.
However, these houses were comfortable, and came equipped with running water, heating, and septic tanks. Included on the supplementary inventory of historic monuments, Cité Frugès is in the process of being renovated and may one day be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That would be a fine way of paying homage to an internationally renowned architect. The Le Corbusier Maison Municipale in Pessac welcomes architecture enthusiasts and interested tourists every Wednesday and Saturday.
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- From 01/10/2017 until 31/12/2017
- From 10h00 to 13h00 until 14h00 to 18h00
- Closed on Monday, Tuesday
4 rue Le Corbusier
- 33600 PESSAC
Bordeaux Graves et Garonne
- +33 5 57 93 65 40