Shodan House
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Ahmedabad, India   map
Date 1956   timeline
Building Type large house
 Construction System site-cast concrete
Climate desert
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes blocky mass with brise-soleil.





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Discussion Shodan House Commentary

"The plans reveal an evident structural simplicity, but also, countering this, a wonderful plasticity in the handling of the rooms—in their form, their dimensions, in the shadows of the brise-soleiol on the faŤades and of the roof parasol, and moreover, in the hanging gardens swept by an orchestration of benificent air currents. This plan recalls the ingenuity of the Villa Savoye of 1929-1930 at Poissy, placed here in a tropical and Indian setting."

— Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. p88.

Sources on Shodan House

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. exterior perspective, p42. eye-level perspective drawing across pool, p70. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier, 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p88.

Le Corbusier. Oeuvre Complete, 1952-1957. Zurich: Editions d'Architecture, 1966. NA1053.J4A46 1966. perspective drawing, p134. first floor plan, p138. second floor plan, p139. third level plan, p134. section, p141. section, p140. elevation, p141.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photos, p207. — Available at

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


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