A machine for living in

Described by Le Corbusier as "the first manifestation of an environment suited to modern life”, his first Unité d’Habitation in Marseille is arguably the grand-père of both brutalism and modernism. Completed in 1952, 'La Cité Radieuse' (The Radiant City) as he christened was designed to be a self-contained city-within-a-city complete with shops, restaurants and galleries. Across the 337 apartments there are 23 different types of dwelling, all with at least one balcony. Still thriving today and recently awarded UNESCO world heritage status, it’s longevity is testament to Le Corbusier’s vision for a home as "a machine for living in”.