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Le Corbusier buildings named UNESCO world heritage sites

Sebastien Bozon, AFP | A visitor looks at Notre-Dame-du-Haut chapel designed by Le Corbusier on September 9, 2011 in Ronchamp.

Seventeen buildings designed by Swiss-French architecture pioneer Le Corbusier have become UNESCO world heritage sites, the Swiss government said on Sunday, increasing the chance of conservation funding.


“The work of Le Corbusier is a central contribution to modern architecture,” the Swiss government said in its statement.

The architect's properties “embody the exceptional architectural and constructive responses to the social challenges of the 20th century,” it added.

The structures include the Maison Guiette, in Antwerp, Belgium, the National Museum for Western Art in Tokyo, and others in Switzerland, Argentina, Germany and India.

Ten buildings in France are on the list, including La Villa Savoye in Poissy, a Parisian suburb; La Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp and La Cité radieuse in Marseille.

Le Corbusier - famed for calling a house a machine for living in - was born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1887. He adopted the alias Le Corbusier - from his maternal grandfather, Lecorbesier - in 1920.

He became a French citizen in 1930 and died in 1965. His image appears on the Swiss 10 franc note.


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