A town within a town, now there’s a good idea. That was the idea of Le Corbusier, the visionary who needs no introduction. A stone’s throw from Saint-Étienne, the Firminy Vert site delights both connoisseurs and the curious: a multi-coloured unité d’habitation, a rather odd, cone-shaped church, a concave cultural centre, a stadium in the form of an amphitheatre and a swimming pool. You w anted Le Corbusier ? Well, here you have it, lots of it. It’s great to look at and on top of that, there are some cracking anecdotes. Did you know that the unité d’habitation was his second largest building in the world? And that the windows of the Maison de la Culture were musical windows? And guess which constellation appears in the concrete of Saint-Pierre’s church? Anyway, the best thing is to go there, see yourself and get a little lesson in creativity.