Molitor Building

Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Immeuble locatif à la porte Molitor is the first appartment block in the world with with glazed façades. It was designed by Le Corbusier in 1931-1934. At the Fourth International Congress of Modern Architecture in Athens, Le Corbusier claimed that the elements of planning were: the sky, trees, steel and cement, and in that order and hierarchy. He claimed that the inhabitants of a city who lived with these elements would find themselves holding what he called 'essential joys'. This building serves as a control or prototype. Building regulations in Paris at the time meant there were restrictions for the alignment of buildings to the street. The position of the site was deeply imbedded within the existent urban fabric, hence a challenge arose to design a solution which communicated to the surroundings landscape.

In July 2016, the Molitor building and several other works by Le Corbusier were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



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Founded: 1931-1934
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in France


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Dmitrii Trubetskoy (16 months ago)
It's ok, but don't expect something really extremely outstanding. If you like le Corbusier you will definitely love the place) otherwise go somewhere else
Anca Boicu (18 months ago)
Such a surprising and interesting place to see, wonderful experience. I highly recommend visiting. Friendly staff.
Anne-Marie Falano (18 months ago)
Brilliant, inspiring apartment. It was a beautiful day to visit and every room was breathtaking. I enjoyed the layout and the views on the rooftop. The balcony wasn't accessible, however there was no need as the views out from the dining, living and kitchen spaces was more than enough. A brilliant visit, that I hope to take my kids to explore and see one day.
Dimitri Vroonen (5 years ago)
yomi matsuoka (5 years ago)
So so. Need to climb 7 stairs and sight is mediocre. The official can be unresponsive. Credit card reader did not work for me. Visit Savoy instead.
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