Art: What's Luxurious

The apartment house on stilts which Swiss-born Architect Le Corbusier had designed for Marseille (TIME, Feb. 2, 1948) was well under way; one of its 300-odd apartments was already furnished and open for inspection. Visitors found the apartment neat and ingenious but cramped, and one Marseille newspaper complained that the finished building would cost as much as 600 nice little private houses.

The brilliant modern's defense of his $3,000,000 project, quoted in this week's New York Times Magazine, was bound to strike some people as a partial admission of its faults. To enjoy the comforts of "functional" architecture, it seemed, the apartment...

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