Le Corbusier. The Villa Savoye by Jacques Sbriglio

By Jacques Sbriglio

With its uncompromising and transparent building, the Villa Savoye, accomplished in 1931, proven Le Corbusier s recognition as an undisputed masterof twentieth-century structure. André Malraux put it at the ancient check in in 1964. during this consultant, ancient files and new pictures providean in-depth presentationboth to viewers to the positioning and to readers at domestic.

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Here the point of departure commences along the axis, a highly licentious step compared with the canons of classical architecture! In respect of the axis, Le Corbusier writes: “An axis is ­perhaps the first human manifestation; it is the means of every human act. The toddling child moves along an axis, the man striving in the ­tempest of life traces for himself an axis. The axis is the regulator of architecture. ” 16 The visitor entering the Villa Savoye for the first time is struck by the singular, somewhat cold atmosphere that cloaks this entrance hall.

Having traversed the black metal sheet door that provides access to the aforementioned landing, the ramp continues upwards in the open air towards the solarium zone on the top level. The solid wall of the ramp‘s preceding sections is repeated in the first ­exterior section that runs alongside the garden-terrace, fitted with a masonry handrail. In the second section, which climbs up to the illuminated realms of the topmost level, this handrail is replaced by a metal protective grille with “ship’s” railings.

17 For Le Corbusier, this “era” was reaching its end in the sense that he foresaw machines taking over a majority of domestic tasks, thereby gradually rendering the servant’s role redundant. But this was not yet the case when the Villa Savoye was commissioned. ” 18 Le Corbusier’s distribution of domestic space on the ground floor responds to a twofold aim. First, to free the top level of the dwelling, generating a place of repose where nature could be admired (roof terrace/roof gardens). Second, to locate the quarters as closely as possible to the “earthly” public area in order that the dwelling’s intimate, serene realms be kept separate from the hustle and bustle of domestic life.

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