Thursday, March 5, 2009

Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye, before its restoration

Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, Le Corbusier, built in 1929

Villa Savoye, after its restoration

Another gem has been saved. It remains hard to imagine that Le Corbusier built this house in 1929. The house is timeless. It could have been built last week. Whether you've warmed up to the International Style or not, love it or hate it, its influence continues to drive design and architecture ideas right into the 21st Century.

Villa Savoye hovers above a grass plane on thin concrete pillars, emphasizing mass and diminishing support visually, with strip windows, and a flat roof with a deck area, ramp, and a few contained touches of curvaceous walls. Simple.

1 comment:

paul bowman said...

Nice. I'd never seen photos from many of the parts of the house shown there.