The 125th Birthday of the legendary architect Le Corbusier
Today marks the 125th birthday of Le Corbusier. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, in 1887 this architect, designer, urbanist and writer was one of the pioneers of what is now called Modern Architecture.
FIVE POINTS OF ARCHITECTURE
In 1926, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeannerete published a manifesto called “The five points towards a new architecture” and his work, Villa Savoye (1929–1931) most succinctly summed up this five points:
- Pilotis (Supports). These reinforced concrete stilts lifted the structure off the ground, meaning non-supporting walls and allowing to execute a free design of both the façade and the ground plan.
- Free design of the façade. See above.
- Free design of the ground plan. See above.
- Horizontal windows. Allowing unencumbered views of the surrounding landscape.
- Roof gardens. To compensate for the green area consumed by the building and replacing it on the roof.
Le Corbusier created his own system for the scale of architectural proportion which used the golden ratio explicitly.
THE OPEN HAND
The Open Hand (La Main Ouverte) is another recurring motif in Le Corbusier’s architecture, a sign for him of “peace and reconciliation. It is open to give and open to receive.”
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