Villa Savoye - Architecture by Le Corbusier
Under the encouragement of my college tutors prior to university applications to study architecture, I spent a summer work shadowing in a Singaporean architecture practice’s office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On my last day, my mentor gifted a book to me, it was Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier. First published in French in 1923, it was later published in English in 1927 sharing over 200 illustrations and photographs of Le Corbusier’s work. In the book which I keenly read and tried to understand the drawings that summer, Le Corbusier discusses the five points of new architecture; Villa Savoye is a representation of all of the five points of new architecture. They can be summarised as pilotis, free plan, free facade, ribbon windows and roof garden. Until today, the five points at Villa Savoye are still an exemplary representation of the International Style of modernism. Villa Savoye is now a state property of Poissy, France where it is located, it also received a declaration as a French historical monument in 1965, and also registered under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2016. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to make this modernist’s pilgrimage and decided to capture it in half frame film.
Le Corbusier wrote in Towards a New Architecture that “une maison est une machine-à-habiter” which translates to “a house is a machine for living in”. The architect was able to use Villa Savoye as a platform to deliver his core ideas, his functionalist vision, and his vision for domestic design. In addition to Le Corbusier’s clarity in his writing, he was able to put his abstract vision into a tangible building, the translation from theory into a built project is admirable. Have you visited an inspirational building that encompasses its creator’s vision or the qualities of its style and era? Which building is that?
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|Address||82 Rue de Villiers, 78300 Poissy, France|