Cité Frugès, Pessac, France, 1924

The prototype of standardized city in the 20ties, an unmatched challenge for that period.

Component of the serial property inscribed on the world heritage list, 2016


M. Frugés, an altruistic Bordeaux Industrialist, told us: "I am going to enable you to realize your theories in practice - right up to their most extreme consequences - Pessac should be a laboratory. In short: I ask you to pose the problem of a house plan, of finding a method of standardization, to make use the walls, floors and roofs confirming to the most rigorous requirements for strenght and efficiency and lending themselves to true taylor-like methods of mass-production by use of machines which I shall autorize you to buy."

The village of Pessac was built in less than a year by a parisian contractor who replaced the local firms which refused to undertake the work.

Pessac was conceived to be built of reinforced concrete. The aim: low cost. The means: reinforced concrete. The method: standadization, industrialization, taylorized massproduction. Structure: only one type of reinforced concrete beam, 16 ft. 3 in. long, was used for the whole development.

Extract from Le Corbusier, Oeuvre complète, volume 1, 1910-1929
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Quartiers Modernes Frugès, Pessac
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