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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Le Corbusier

On Sunday we visited one of Le Corbusier's iconic works, the Villa Savoye. Built between 1929 and 1931 as a weekend home for the Savoye family, it illustrates the "Five Points of New Architecture."

By using stilts (pilotis), Le Corbusier created a "box in the air" construction with its base disappearing into the surrounding grass.

Roof Gardens

The flat roof becomes a useable terrace where flowers can be planted. The horizontal line of the building means it stands out clearly against the sky.


Reinforced concrete frees the interior of load-bearing and separating walls. The posts support the floors, allowing for an open-plan design. Light partitions are sufficient to separate the different areas.
 Free-floating facade

The facades were free of the load-bearing structure, and placed freely on the stilts. Their positions are determined by the views from the inside.
 Horizontal window

The non-load-bearing facades can have long windows, creating light and airy interiors, two qualities which were highly prized in the Modern movement.

  Paradise for photographers!


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