Analysing Villa Savoye

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INTRODUCTION: Swiss-French writer, painter and mostly self-taught architect Le Corbusier was one of the pioneers of what is now called Modern architecture or the International style. He is best known for his architectural projects and theoretical thought. (Liukkonen, P. 2008. Creative Commons Nimeä-Epäkaupallinen-Ei muutettuja teoksia 1.0 Suomi.) Believing that architecture is a combination of simple forms and utilitarian needs he created "a machine for living in". (MATTHEW, K. 1994. GREAT BUILDINGS COLLECTION. Artifice, Inc.) Figure 1: Le Corbusier (JSVisuals. 2010. Mtanga. JSVisuals.) Figure 1: Le Corbusier (JSVisuals. 2010. Mtanga. JSVisuals.) In one of his books Le Corbusier wrote "Working by calculation, engineers employ geometrical…show more content…
2008. Villa Savoye in Poissy France by Le Corbusier. Suite101.) Figure 5: Spiral Staircase (Object. 2010. Villa Savoye Spiral. Object. Figure 5: Spiral Staircase (Object. 2010. Villa Savoye Spiral. Object. Upon entering the Villa Savoye you are presented with the choice of stairs or ramps, which facilitate for vertical circulation. Le Corbusier believed that stairs interrupted the flow of movement and separated spaces. Ramps on the other hand linked spaces by encouraging continual movement or motion, so as to not break the flow or circulation. By having ramps one could view the space in one continual movement, like watching a motion picture, it would have no interruptions. It extends to the second floor terrace, leading your eye straight through the structure and again towards the outside and up towards the sky. The cylindrical staircase, along with some of the other features resembles a ship or “machine for living”. Figure 6: Ramp (Benton,T. 2009. The Courtauld Institute of Art. Art & Architecture. Figure 6: Ramp (Benton,T. 2009. The Courtauld Institute of Art. Art & Architecture. (COHEN, 2006:43) Once on the first floor public and private areas are clearly divided by the “L” form. Narrow hallways lead to the bedrooms and main bathroom clearly sending the message that these are private areas. The bedrooms have a grandeur feeling to them, almost like the Parisian mansions of the 18th century. The bathroom is well illuminated with a top light. The

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