LeCorbusier -- Villa Savoye

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One of the most famous houses of the modern movement in architecture, the Villa Savoye is a masterpiece of LeCorbusier's purist design. It is perhaps the best example of LeCorbusier's goal to create a house which would be a "machine a habiter," a machine for living (in). Located in a suburb near Paris, the house is as beautiful and functional as a machine.
The Villa Savoye was the culmination of many years of design, and the basis for much of LeCorbusier's later architure. Although it looks severe in photographs, it is a complex and visually stimulating structure. As with his church of Notre Dame du Haute, Ronchamp, the building looks different from every angle. After falling into disrepair after the war, the house has been restored and is open to the public.
The design features of the Villa Savoye include:

Villa Savoye, Poissy-sur-Seine, 1929-30


exterior

exterior

ground floor

garage door

Exterior


spiral staircase

spiral staircase

ramp to roof garden

Staircases and Ramps


roof garden

roof garden

roof garden

roof garden

Roof Garden


interior ramp

interior

interior

Interior


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