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An exhibition of drawings looking into how an architecture is adapted by its residents to create a ‘home’.

This research project is looking int­­o how an architecture is adapted by residents to create a ‘home’. The intention is to narrate the story of the last 20 years in the Unité through looking at how residents have adapted their spaces. It is a story of stairs, walls and cupboards, of kitchens and wallpapers, a narrative seen through domestic objects.

Since the Unité was built in Briey, France the building has gone through several stages of inhabitation, some intended by Le Corbusier, others not so much. Built to accommodate 339 nuclear families until now it has never been fully occupied. Over the years been partly taken over by the US Army, housed a homeless population, been abandoned, rediscovered, rescued and given a new lease of life by the current residents transforming the existing fabric of the building into a series of exciting and unexpected homes.

Today the Unité in Briey is a lively organism occupied by a diverse population of residents. While the first floor or La Première Rue has a high percentage of residents living the Le Corbusier lifestyle, the upper floors have little what reminds you of the original layout and fit-out designed by Le Corbusier. The research is looking into how the residents have adapted their private living accommodation to suit their changing personal needs and the ever-changing moods and fashions presented through popular culture and the media.

The project is supported by the Architecture Research Fund at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


Patrick Weber, The Bartlett School of Architecture

The exhibition is part of the Journees du Patrimoine – France Heritage Days.

Exhibition is on Sunday, the 16.09.2018 14:00- 18:00 in Apartment 102.

Unité d’Habitation Le Corbusier, 1 Avenue du Dr Pierre Giry, 54150 Briey, France