Convent of La Tourette
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Eveux-sur-Arbresle, near Lyon, France   map
Date 1957 to 1960   timeline
Building Type monastery
 Construction System concrete
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Modern
Notes blocky massing.


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"It was under the instigation of Reverend Father Courturier that the Dominicans of Lyon have charged Le Corbusier with the task of bringing into being at Eveux-sur-Arbresle near Lyon, the Convent of La Tourette, in the midst of nature, located in a small vale that opens out onto the forest. The buildings contain a hundred sleeping rooms for teachers and students, study halls, a hall for work and one for recreation, a library and a refectory. Finally the circulation connects all the parts, in particular those which appear in a new form (the achievement of the traditional cloister form is rendered impossible here by the slope of the terrain)."

Sources on Convent of La Tourette

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. "1.6" proportion diagram, p190. central organization diagram, p199. — Updated edition available at

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.051.

Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p250.

Anton Henze. La Tourette: The Le Corbusier Monastery. New York: George Wittenborn, 1966. plan drawing of the cell floor, p20. plan drawing of the entrance floor, p20. plan drawing of the refectory floor, p20.

Hans de Soeten and Thijs Edelkoort. La Tourette and Le Corbusier: The Architecture of the Monastery and the Architect's Attitude. Delft, The Netherlands: Delft University Press, 1987. section drawing, p53.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Convent of La Tourette


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