Le Corbusier designs recommended for world heritage status

The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo designed by French architecture pioneer Le Corbusier is set to be registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

The International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a United Nations advisory panel, had recommended the listing for the building.

Official registration is expected at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee that starts on July 10 in Turkey.

In total 17 buildings across the world which are the work of Le Corbusier have been recommended by the advisory panel for recognition.

The architect is regarded as having advocated five principles of modern architecture, including pilotis, a style that creates open space on the first floor, roof gardens and horizontally successive windows.

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