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Monday, December 29, 2014

Villa La Roche by Le Corbusier - the Urban Townhouse House as theatrical stage.

Le Corbusier created Maison La Roche - one of his most sophisticated residential projects in part because of its subtle gestures with color, light and form. 



Two of the greatest minds of all time - Architect, Le Corbusier with Scientist, Albert Einstein - both leaving an indelible mark on modern civilization that we will never escape.  







Le Corbusier introduced the idea of the Modular - with his Modular Man - ideas about the ideal proportions of architecture. 


One of the greatest architects ever, Le Corbusier, was obsessed with bringing light and air into the home for health and emotional reasons. 

An example of Le Corbusiers use of dynamic cantilevers previously only used by engineers for industrial projects. 

Le Corbusier was a radical architect in his time introducing light and abundant use of glass and dynamic engineering to create unheard of feats of engineering at the time never before applied to residential architecture. 

Le Corbusier showing he was not adverse to the use of color - many people do not know that he was an avid sculptor and painter through out his entire life. 


Le Corbusier introduced the use of a ramp in the home for visual and circulatory dynamicism, but proceed with caution as it does not meet US handicap regulations by any means.






Inson Dubois Wood is an architect and interior designer living in New York City with projects currently in New Yorrk, Greenwich, and the Hamptons as well as some overseas consulting shown here in front of a townhouse he designed on the Upper East Side with a glass facade influenced by the work of LeCorbusier. 
There are few things that inspire like a fine piece of architecture. Le Corbusier's Villa LaRoche is one of them. Stark in nature especially for the time, LeCorbusier's  design of Villa LaRoche occurs with the specific tools of color, light and space.  Having studied Le Corbusier intensively at Cornell University of Architecture, sometimes referred to as Corb (usier ) Academy - it was a pleasure to see the structure in person during one of the schools semester abroad in Europe.  Much of the furniture was designed by Le Corbusier. When one feels the scale and dynamicism not normally experienced in photos, one comes away with an entirely new appreciation for Le Corbusier's work.

I implore you to visit this architectural marvel in person - a piece of architecture that ratified the typical home - introducing entirely new levels of light and dynamic space through the use of multi level cantilevers.  The townhouse, as it should be, was the exhibit place for the  clients extensive collection of Modern Art.


Le Corbusier’s architecture creates a deep emotional tension. Thebrut materials roughly shaped into rigorous geometries subvert the common perception of spaces, hitting the wanderer with their sharp rationalism. The imperfect human being feels like an irrational exception in the precise scientific system of pure shapes, marvelously caught in the dialogue of plain surfaces and structured volumes which seem to bring order and clarity to his own ephemeral existence. Like the series of outstanding houses built by the Franco-Swiss architect and his cousin architect Pierre JenneretMaison La Roche could be described as a functional and fully efficient machine for living refusing any intrusive and redundant decor. The architectural and fuctional constraints pushed the duo to experimental solutions conceived according two standards: the Classical and the Mechanical. The exterior blends with the interior through wide breath-taking windows that glimpse at the building’ curved fa├žade sourrounded by the neighbourhood constructions and tree’ fronds. The filtered light enhance the achitectural layout unfolding vertically on three different levels, directly constrasted by the horizontal expansion of the gallery which hosted Albert La Roche’s rich collection of modern art. Everything is under the reassuring control of the purist and austere proportions which celebrate along with the “type-objects” industrial forniture the heroic aspects of everyday life. The mind relieved from its need of domination, surrenders to the brutal poetry of pure volumes.
The architect creates a new order that is concrete projection of his own spirit, by forms and shapes he affects our senses to an acute degree waking in us intense plastic emotions, Courtesy of Le Paradox.

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