OPINION

December 2, 1958

LE CORBUSIER, BRIEY: Paris – After Marseilles and Nantes, a third French city, Briey, is about to acquire one of the «Cite Radieuse» structures for which the French architect Le Corbusier has become widely known. A small town of some 3,600 souls, Briey is to have its own model unit housing 2,800 people, to be completed by 1960. This conglomeration, to be even bigger than the one in Marseilles, is to be built overlooking both a river and a forest. It will require 50,000 tons of concrete, consist of 17 floors and contain 339 apartments. Fifty-one of these will consist of one room, apart from the kitchen and bathroom, and 58 will have two rooms. Another 220 will have four rooms and the remaining 10 will have six rooms. All the apartments will have sound insulation and heating. There will be special equipment in the food halls, clothing stores, bookshops, cinemas etc, for cleaning the atmosphere of smells and fumes in the hallways and inside the apartments. Two fast elevators (traveling at 15 meters per minute) will take people to their homes. A church and school as well as other homes of modern design will be built near the model city. In its Marseilles counterpart, the school and kindergarten are on the top floor.