Le Corbusier: Unité d habitation, Typ Berlin: Construction and Context
Built between 1957 and 1958, Le Corbusiers Unité dhabitation in Berlin stands as an exceptional work of postwar architecture in Berlin. Although it follows the basic concept of a vertical village as envisioned by the architect, the gigantic block, containing 530 apartments, clearly differs from the Marseille original. However, as a result of modifications required by the client, the construction occupies the position of an outsider in Le Corbusiers oeuvre. Authors from the fields of architecture, urbanism, art history and cultural studies precisely set out the genesis of the listed building for the first time. In addition, they investigate the development of the Unité dhabitation model, and the Berlin variants unique color concept, and carry out a comparison with the four typologically related buildings in France. In looking at the significance, ingenuity and creative impact of Le Corbusiers unique creation in Berlin, the so-called Corbusierhaus, the publication fills a gap in the literature on postwar modernism and the architects body of work.