Unesco lists Le Corbusier’s works among World Heritage Sites

  • AFP, Paris
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2016 16:40 IST
This undated file photo shows Swiss-French architect Charles Edouard Jeanneret, also known as Le Corbusier arriving for a function in Corbeil-Essonnes. (AFP)

Unesco on Sunday listed Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s works -- including the Indian city of Chandigarh which he planned in the 1950s-- among its World Heritage Sites.

The decision was announced as the World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul resumed for a day on Sunday, after being suspended a day earlier due to an abortive putsch bid in Turkey which claimed more than 260 lives.

This file photo shows the church of Saint-Pierre built by French architect Le Corbusier, in Firminy, near Saint-Etienne, eastern France. (AFP)

The chosen creations of Le Corbusier show his contributions to the Modern Movement that emerged after World War I with an emphasis on functionality, bold lines and materials such as concrete, iron and glass.

They include 17 sites across seven countries -- France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Argentina, Japan and India -- to show the global reach of the work of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier.

From his modernist master-planning of Chandigarh in northern India to Paris, which he dreamt of levelling to make way for his own more rational city, Le Corbusier was never afraid of thinking big.

He left his greatest mark on France, where no less than 10 of the 17 projects which UNESCO classified as World Heritage Sites are located.

Among them are masterpieces such as La Cite Radieuse housing project in Marseille, the Dominican monastery of La Tourette near Lyon and La Villa Savoye near Paris.

This file photo shows a view of the "Cite Radieuse" (Radiant City) also known as "Maison du Fada" or "The Nutter's House" designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and built in rough-cast concrete between 1947-1952, in Marseille, southern France. (AFP)

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