CITÉ FRUGÈS DE PESSAC 1926
The Cité Frugès de Pessac is a housing development located in Pessac, a suburb of Bordeaux, France. It was designed by noted architect Le Corbusier as both an architect and a town planner. It contained some 70 housing units.
Le Corbusier took into account prevailing social and economic factors, and was determined to build the plan to provide people with low-cost, predetermined, homogeneous cubist structures.
The project originated in 1920 with 10 houses built at Lege, near Pessac, for the father of Henry Fruges, a Bordeaux industrialist and lover of modern architecture. Following this initial phase, the project was extended to 200 houses. Only a quarter of this number were built by 1926. L-C painted panels of brown, blue, yellow and jade green in response to the clients request for "decoration".
The layout consists of :
A terrace of about 8 three storey houses with roof gardens. Behind them is a terrace of houses connected to each other with a concrete arch which provides a sheltered garden. In the middle of the development are the interlocking houses.
The district is one of the 17 architectural works of Le Corbusier listed as UNESCO heritage since 2016.