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ECAL Appartement 50, Le Corbusier

ECAL Appartement 50, Le Corbusier
26 Jun 2015
If you are lucky to be in South of France this Summer, be sure to visit the exhibition held at the Cité Radieuse in Marseille, one of Le Corbusiers's most famous works.
Twelve Product Design students of ECAL/University Lausanne were invited to reflect on a collection of objects to meet everyday needs in the Cité Radieuse. The project began in September 2014 with a three-day workshop in the Cité Radieuse, allowing students to experience life in the building. Based on their various observations, they created objects to “inhabit” Apartment 50, focusing particularly on the following features:

The specific climate of the apartments: the fan creates an air flow on the mezzanine and the cushions are designed to fit both on the living room’s indoor parapets and on the loggias’ tables.

The flexibility of interior spaces: the large rotating lamp serves to light either the dining room or the living room in turn, while the small model can be used either on a desk or a bedside table.

The carpet, crafted with the support of the Ruckstuhl AG manufacture in Langenthal, displays a map showing how the Cité Radieuse blended in with its environment at the time of construction, while the “unit” metre provides a simple tool to explain the Modulor system.

Life in the communal areas, especially the roof terrace which serves as a meeting place: the chair and folding table are designed to facilitate migration from the living room of the apartment, while the picnic box allows to comfortably carry everything you for an aperitif.

In addition to these projects, half a dozen other objects can be discovered on the spot.

Mistral ECAL/Thomas Elliott Burns

Pivot ECAL/Patrick Tarkhounian

Phare ECAL/Stanislaw Czarnocki
Photos : Michel Bonvin
Exhibition ‘ECAL Appartement 50’ - Cité Radieuse, Marseille
From July 4 to 19 2015 
Every day from 12 pm to 6 pm

Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier Appartement 50 / 5e rue
280 boulevard Michelet
13008 Marseille - France



The picture files in this post are huge, it took forever to load! Besides that, I think it's a really interesting project. What would be even more interesting would be to explore and dissect the reasoning behind how the kids thought up of these items to not only put into the house but to serve multiple purposes too. A genuinely though-provoking exhibition to say the very least.

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