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Corb’s Unite goes up in flames

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Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation housing estate in Marseille, France has been damaged by fire

The iconic building’s 1,500 residents were evacuated after a fire broke out on Thursday (9 February) damaging several apartments.

The inferno was eventually put out on Friday morning but the full extent of the damage to the building, also known as La Cité Radieuse, is yet to be known.

More than 150 firefighters tackled the blaze which left five people hurt and two firefighters injured, reports claimed.

Le Corbusier’s La Cité Radieuse was built between 1945 and 1952 and features apartments hotel rooms and a restaurant.

The building was conceived as social housing but is now a protected historical landmark and a coveted residential address.

The nine-storey concrete structure mimics a giant steamboat anchored in a park.

Fire at Le Corbusier's Unite

Fire at Le Corbusier’s Unite

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