Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Lotissement de Lège: Le Corbusier’s housing legacy in Lège-Cap-Ferret

A website that promotes Bordeaux, France has issued a story about a series of houses designed by a famous modern architect in the 1920s. The owner of a sugar refinery and a saw mill commissioned the architect to build employee housing. The design of the houses is considered architecturally important. The houses fell into disrepair and were almost demolished. However, an architect started an initiative that saved the houses. They have since been restored and are being used for low income housing.

Key Takeaways:

  • Henry Frugès was a wealthy sugar refinery owner in the twenties, who also owned a saw mill in Lège.
  • The mill, ostensibly bought to create crates for the sugar, was also used to build houses for the mill workers.
  • The resultant small estate, created for the workers, became the blueprint for the larger and more ambitious Pessac project.

“[A]s one of the more discreet achievements in the high-profile legacy of Le Corbusier, the Lotissement de Lège … is an interesting place to explore, and is a far cry from the ocean beaches and oyster farming villages more usually associated with Cap Ferret”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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