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Address: 4 rue le Corbusier, 33600 Pessac, Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux industrialist Henri Frugès commissioned the visionary architect...

Bordeaux industrialist Henri Frugès commissioned the visionary architect Charles-Edouard Le Corbusier, to create this unconventional neighbourhood. 50 houses were built in 1926, and restored in the 1970s. This brought out renewed respect for the buildings, which are now listed and protected in a national heritage zone (Protection du Patrimoine Architectural Urbain et Paysager).

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If you love architecture....

We got a bus here from central Bordeaux, there is a bus stop a few minutes away from the Corbusier houses. We managed to catch an informative tour after spending a while... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got a bus here from central Bordeaux, there is a bus stop a few minutes away from the Corbusier houses. We managed to catch an informative tour after spending a while walking around looking as the various designs of house. Some were pristine whilst others were somewhat dilapidated and needing a bit of TLC! The girl who explained about... More 

Thank NorthernHeatseeker
Padua, Italy
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went there with my friend during my visit to her and the visit already started but the woman was very nice with us saying we can join and follow a group with translator in English. She was very kind with us and the arquitecture is amazing for houses made so many years ago. I highly recommend

Thank Marta F
Devonport, Australia
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44 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

If you are at all interested in urban planning or architecture then this is a must. Very easily accessible by public transport (no.4 bus) . Do book if you wish to visit the museum (guided tours, in French only I think)

Thank Tasjan
Bordeaux, France
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51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

worth a visit to see the inside of the house with models of the development and the frequent art exhibitions. The whole development and the story behind it is really interesting...to find out how the council tried to block the development, see the social history, trace the evolution of the houses as people changed them, and to enjoy the evident... More 

Thank belette
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2015

This really is a must for any fan of le Cobusier or architecture in generally. The guide is fantastic and has a passion for style. Some of the buildings are not in good shape - but it is interesting to see how time has affected them. Make sure you have time to look around the surrounding streets. Booking a tour... More 

3 Thank MixMasterMoll
Cleveland, Ohio
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Le Corbusier designed a small development with 20+ homes. Most are well maintained. You can tour one of the houses which is owned by the city. Very easy to get to - just take tram B to the end of the line (Pessac). It's about a 15 minute walk from there on Rue le Corbusier of course.

2 Thank ChocolateTourist
Vilnius, Lithuania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014

This place is really cool. Worth visiting even if you're not a fan of architecture, the guided tour is interesting and it's the only way to see the museum.

Thank argiedre
Suffolk England
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89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2013

Whilst I am not sure Corbusier's talent matched his fame this is well worth a visit. The opening times varied between web sites so check in advance, but basically it seems to be open Tuesday-Sunday but closed for lunch. Quite a long journey by tram and bus but through enjoyable Bordeaux suburbs. No tour was available when I visited but... More 

3 Thank cortontrader
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Visiting the City Fruges turned out to be much more interesting than I first feared. House number 4 is owned by the city and operated as a small museum. We arrived when they were closed for lunch so explored the area looking at the different Corbusier houses around. We returned when they were due to be open but were sent... More 

1 Thank GrahamHopper
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2013

Excellent is not really the best way to describe this because it is awful to see what some people have done to the architectural masterpieces their houses once were but that is exactly why it has to be seen to be believed. But it is a five star experience hence the rating. Easy to get to on the tram to... More 

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