In 1947, a devastated France wrestled with a baby boom. The authorities turned to architect Le Corbusier, who had a plan for a city in the sky that used the only building material available in post-war France: poured concrete. The result is Marseille’s Unité d’Habitation. A mammoth monument to budget design, it envisioned communal living for 1,600 residents (complete with rooftop garden, day care center and a paddling pool). Europe’s housing ministers were so impressed that they asked Le Corbusier to plant replica towers in Nantes and Berlin. In 2016, the Marseille building and its timeless third floor hotel became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the princely sum of €79, one may sleep in a monument historique complete with concrete balcony and panoramic views over the Mediterranean. Hôtel Le Corbusier 280 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille France TwitterFacebookPinterest Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.