Le Corbusier was never afraid of tooting his own horn and the Molitor Building was among his favourite projects – so much so, he lived and worked in its penthouse from the time of its completion in 1934 until his death in 1965.
The eight storey complex – which straddles the border of Paris’s 16th arrondissement and the commune of Boulogne-Billancourt – was designed in collaboration with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret. Its glass facade is inspired by Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet’s Maison de Verre, and it follows Le Corb’s five points of modern architecture with open floor plans, columns over walls, an open facade, wide windows and a roof garden.
In 2016, Molitor was designated a UNESCO world heritage site, and sales inside the building are something of a rarity – partly because it contains just 15 apartments (Le Corbusier’s own dwelling spanned the top two floors).
Architecture de Collection is marketing this particular studio apartment for €590,000 and it stays true to LeCorb’s original principles – even if the decor is rather dated.
An entrance leading into the open kitchen and living room, and out onto a long balcony enclosed by perforated metal railings – a graphic motif found across the building. Ceiling heights help subtly ‘zone’ living areas inside the space, arcing across the living room to the bedroom, which is separated from the curved kitchen and living room by Japanese screens.
Per the listing, ’refreshment’ is to be expected, meaning the 58 sqm bolt hole needs a complete makeover that’s sensitive to its status. However, if you can see past the peach paint, this modernist gem is just waiting for a polish.
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