If you’re curious to see what the home of Le Corbusier was like, I’ve put together a slide-show on YouTube to show the apartment he built at the edge of Paris, at 24 Rue Nungesser et Coli, or 24NC as Le Corbusier called it. For those of you who’ve read my novel ‘Loving Le Corbusier’ then you will perhaps understand why Yvonne was reticent about moving here in 1934. The apartment faces a sports ground, which is now enclosed by a sub-Bird’s Nest superstructure, but there are still distant views to the centre of Paris from the roof – a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, the monolithic Montparnasse Tower – but they seem far away. At the rear of the block, the dining room overlooks the leafy surrounds of Boulogne-Billancourt towards the distant hillsides beyond. It’s a world away from their cramped home in Rue Jacob in Saint-Germain and it’s easy to see why Le Corbusier adored it – space, light, nature, not to say a rather wonderful studio space. But I’m not sure that Yvonne ever loved it.
What do you think? Could you live there?