Le Corbusier's Paris Apartment Reopens

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Foundation Le Corbusier, a historic Parisian studio apartment has reopened to the public after a two-year restoration by architect François Chatillon.

Le Corbusier lived in the modernist apartment with his wife, Yvonne Gallis, from 1934 until his death in 1965. In 2016, the apartment was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is part of the Immeuble Molitor, a complex with 15 apartments that Le Corbusier designed in the 1930’s with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret. One of the most notable architectural elements of the building is that it is one of the first residences to have implemented the use of large glass window panes on the exterior.  

A multidisciplinary team carried out the project, including the architecture practice of François Chatillon, which specializes in revamping 20th-century buildings. Paint restorer, Marie-Odile Hubert, ensured that the walls were recolored in tones as close as possible to Le Corbusier’s original palette. Italian furniture brand, Cassina, handled the restoration of the furniture in the apartment. The historic Le Corbusier apartment is now open to the public by appointment.