Centre Le Corbusier
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Zurich, Switzerland   map
Date 1963 to 1967   timeline
Building Type museum, exhibition pavilion
 Construction System site-cast concrete
Climate cold temperate
Context suburban
Style Modern
Notes Heidi Weber Museum. Corbu's last building, design executed by G. Jullian, et al. Free roof over blocky building masses.


Photo, exterior overview

Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior overview
Discussion Centre Le Corbusier Commentary

"...the building is complete but, within the confines of the spaces provided under the independent umbrella roof, change is possible in the exhibition and meeting room areas. This building was completed after the death of Le Corbusier and was originally planned as a private house—the house area being the detached section under the steel roof."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p286.

"...the minute Centre Le Corbusier in Zurich is two cubes, designed by Le Corbusier himself, with a ramp and an umbrella roof, also all steel. It is an exercise in modular construction elegantly carried out using enameled steel panels and glass infill. The plans were originally drawn for a house which was always thought of as an exhibition gallery as well. It has proved sufficiently flexible to be used for teaching and exhibitions."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p1352.

Sources on Centre Le Corbusier

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. eye-level exterior perspective drawing, p133.   A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. binuclear diagram, p205.   Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1842.29

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. Photo August 1989. PCD.2260.1012.1537.055. PCD.2260.1012.1537.056

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p1352.   The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photo, p287. discussion, p286. — Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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