Brief Post | Pani vrs. Le Corbusier

Just arrived Volume 21: THE BLOCK and while discovering it’s fascinating content, we stumble upon one of Supersudaca’s articles in their Report #1 that talks about Mario Pani‘s social housing projects in Mexico. What we found interesting are some excerpts from an interview to Pani conducted by Louise Mereles Gras in the exhibition catalogue Mario Pani: La Visión Urbana de la Arquitectura, where he talks about Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation comparing it with his own works:

“I had long worried about this idea of residential architecture. The origin of this matter is Le Corbusier’s theory of the Radiant City… high-rise buildings that can free up space to make green areas with required services areas on the ground floor. Certainly this idea had never been carried out before, because at the same time it occurred to me to make the first one, the Multifamiliar Miguel Alemán, Le Corbusier was making the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, a building of only 300 apartments, but completed it after I finished the housing complex of approximately 1,000 apartments.”

Here are some images to compare:

Mario Pani’s Multifamiliar Alemán (1946):

Pani 01

Pani 02

Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitations (1947-1952):



It is interesting to know what was happening in Latin America at the same time that the International Style was deeply taking part in the architecture history around Europe. For more info go to Volume Magazine’s Supersudaca Report #1.


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