As the first public project completed by modernist demigod Le Corbusier, Salvation Army's Cité de Refuge in Paris is a relic not only because of who designed it, but because it is only one of two completed buildings by him in France. But nearly five years ago, a massive restoration was started by Fondation Le Corbusier with a nearly $36.1 million (€31.7 million) pricetag for the 11-story building. This process was completed in November, and can be even farther appreciated by the public this month with tours. The building still acts as a multifamily housing unit, and has about 280 residents today—some of which have been trained by Fondation Le Corbusier to host said tours.
Originally opening in 1933, it takes inspiration from ocean liners and was the Swiss-French architect's first urban housing project, and was comissioned by Franco-American Singer Singer sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac.
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