A journey through the finest villas designed and built by Le Corbusier in Paris in the 1920s and '30s. The important body of illustrations presents drawings from the archives and period photographs that document the rich and original ideas for home living in the work of Le Corbusier, a pioneer of modern architecture.
Between 1920 and 1930, Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret built a series of villas and detached houses – many in Paris and its environs – which played an important part in enhancing their professional reputations. Through these projects they developed and refined a sophisticated
vocabulary of compositional solutions which stimulated and fostered international architecture for over half a century. The study, magisterially conducted by the British historian Tim Benton, reviews numerous projects for houses, villas and apartments, which include not just the celebrated Villa
La Roche in Paris and Villa Savoye at Poissy, but also Villa Berque and the Ozenfant Studio in Paris, Church House at Ville-d’Avray and Cook House in Boulogne. Illustrated with an iconography drawn from the archives, much of it from the Fondation Le Corbusier, the volume retraces the evolution of
the different solutions for home living developed by Le Corbusier: a rich laboratory of introspection and innovation which we have to comprehend if we are to appreciate and understand the Swiss master’s architecture.