Corbu’s Condo

In response to:

Master Builders from the September 27, 2007 issue

To the Editors:

In his review of Martin Filler’s Makers of Modern Architecture [NYR, September 27], Robert Hughes describes Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles: “When I spent two days filming it…in 1980, [it] was a miserably depressing wreck of a place. Perhaps Filler never saw it in its later condition….” A quarter of a century later, Mr. Hughes would be amazed to see how it has been turned into a highly praised condo for middle-class educated people who claim to maintain the high-quality standards set up by its architect. Too bad if it is no longer occupied by those for whom it was originally built. But that’s another story.

Claude Gintz

Ivry-sur-Seine, France