Notre Dame du Haut, or Ronchamp
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Ronchamp, France   map
Date 1955   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System reinforced concrete
Climate temperate
Context rural, mountains
Style Expressionist Modern
Notes Soft-form composition, deep windows with colored glass (wall thickness 4' to 12')






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Discussion Notre Dame du Haut, or Ronchamp Commentary

"Surrealism is a key to other late works of Le Corbusier, most notably the church at Ronchamp, France, of 1950-54... Notre-Dame-du-Haut was a more extreme statement of Le Corbusier's late style. Progamatically,...the church is simple—an oblong nave, two side entrances, an axial main altar, and three chapels beneath towers—as is its structure, with rough masonry walls faced with whitewashed Gunite (sprayed concrete) and a roof of contrasting beton brut. Formally and symbolically, however, this small building, which is sited atop a hillside with access from the south, is immensely powerful and complex."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p542-4.

Sources on Notre Dame du Haut, or Ronchamp

"Postcard from Ronchamp", by Matt Bridgestock, ArchitectureWeek No. 147, 2003.0527, pC1.1.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. drawings and diagrams, p60-61. — Updated edition available at

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. plan, elevation, and figure-ground diagrams, p45. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.043

Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p240.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior "elevation" photo, p167. exterior close-ups, p168, 169. interior photos, p170, 171. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. Available at

Peter Serenyi, ed. Le Corbusier in Perspective. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975. NA 1053.J4S47. ISBN 0-13-527291-2. p64.

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. overview photo, p160, interior, p167.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. p542-544.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Notre Dame du Haut, or Ronchamp


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