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The International Academic City (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris) is an architectural complex renowned for the variety of its buildings which reflect the talent and cultural diversity of their designers. Set in landscaped grounds of 34 hectares, the thirty-seven houses and community buildings constructed between 1925 and 1969 offer a real twentieth century architecture exhibition: regionalist and classical references, international modern movement, experimental architecture....
Within this campus, the Swiss Pavilion is an architectural gem which has become a historical monument since December 16, 1986. The building was conceived by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, two famous swiss architects. In fact the name Corbusier has become gradually associated with the artistic movement that flourished in the inter-war era, Art Deco.
The first stone of Swiss Pavillon was laid in November 14, 1931. The building opened in July 1933 and stands out as the only building in the International Academic City to display a modern identity, well away from old buildings or folk academic tradition, a modern image that Switzerland adopts elsewhere at that time in all international events.
Considered today by many as a museum, the Swiss Foundation is primarily a place of residence. Its architecture and its residents have always been a symbolic crossroads of intellect, culture and everyday life. 
The building is elevated on pilotis that are close to its center, accentuating the ‘floating’ effect. unsophisticated structural elements . Though strained by the limited budget, Le Corbusier managed to hold onto his free facade and open plan. A freedom that is remarkably seen in its "Free" curtain walls made of glass in the south, bricks coated with a stone veneer in the east and west and also or punctured with small square windows. The open plan, on the other hand, is controlled with architectural elements such as stairs as well as furniture, whether fixed or loose. View and light penetration also have their impact on the organization of the open plan, having been controlled by the free elevation.
Both creators managed in the implemantation of their vision of collective housing while being faithful to their architectural style that is mainly made of unsophisticated structural elements.
Whether architecture, fine arts or writing, Le Corbusier has always been a trendsetter, a theorist of a lifestyle.