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  7. AD Classics: Villa Roche / Le Corbusier

AD Classics: Villa Roche / Le Corbusier

AD Classics: Villa Roche / Le Corbusier
AD Classics: Villa Roche / Le Corbusier, © Rory Hyde
© Rory Hyde

© Steve Cadman © Flickr user: soft machine © Jaques © Rory Hyde +16

Designed 1925-1925 as a residence for Swiss banker Raoul La Roche, Villa Roche is the quintessence of Le Corbusier’s modern approach to housing.The Villa acted as an exhibition space for Mr. Roche’s collection of avant-garde artwork, and is a pure assemblage of spatial volumes that interlocks the dual programs of domicile and gallery.

© Steve Cadman
© Steve Cadman

The promenade through Villa Roche plays a significant role in linking these two programs into one.It was imagined as a “spatial experience” and consists of a specifically deliberate path which guides the inhabitant and unveils the artwork as an itinerary through history.

© Rory Hyde
© Rory Hyde

Beginning with Cubist art and finishing with Purism, the promenade leads through the piano noble up into a succession of wonderfully illuminated spaces which were perceptibly designed to be experiential and viewed from a single, fixed point. Precisely placed wall openings, stairs, ramps, and balconies divide the space into three dimensional grid-like layers which are permeable to stunning illumination, yet subtle and unobtrusive to the Villa’s equilibrium.

axonometric drawing - © Jaques
axonometric drawing - © Jaques

Villa Roche is most certainly a complex of form and program; its hierarchy is a theme inspired by Corbusier’s visit to the Acropolis.Each room has with a particular purpose - bedroom, kitchen, bath - are arranged offside to the much more grand area which acts as a central vestibule, diffusing light throughout the Villa and its interior.

© Steve Cadman
© Steve Cadman

Through the series of contracting and expanding corridors in Villa Roche, the dweller is allowed a personalized experience of the space.The prominent spatial volume serves as a focal point where the promenade can be experience all at once, however, it is the individual’s path throughout the villa is what will determine his perception of this residence.

© Amaury Henderick
© Amaury Henderick

In keeping with “Corbusien color-space,” Villa Roche’s interior makes use of a polychromatic color scheme, ranging from dark gray, to lucid blue, to pale sienna.In contrast to the entirely white façade, the vivid internal color palate harmonizes the otherwise asymmetrical arrangement of the Villa.

© Rory Hyde
© Rory Hyde

Le Corbusier’s idiosyncratic approach to the design of Villa Roche yielded a stunning model of French architecture, and is a representation of his systematic design approach at its fullest. Le Corbusier describes Villa Roche as “picturesque, full of movement, but requiring a classical hierarchy to discipline it.”

© Harold Hollingsworth
© Harold Hollingsworth
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Sarah Edwards. "AD Classics: Villa Roche / Le Corbusier" 01 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/151365/ad-classics-villa-roche-le-corbusier/>
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Nardana Sa · January 04, 2014

Hi.
I need the auto cad files of the plans, sections,ext. Does anybody know where i can find it?

Kevin Hall · November 19, 2013

The Villa La Roche was one of Le Corbusier’s first attempts at designing his vision of a solution for the 1920’s housing and urban planning architecture problem. After trying to design his city “The Contemporary City for Three Million Inhabitants” but not getting enough support or anyone to carry out his ideas, he started to design single housing units for friends and people willing to carry out his ideas. He thought that this was a very serious problem in architecture and sought to use modern design to revitalize the housing industry. This building demonstrates the use of his five points of architecture and advancements in modern materials to create a modern style building.

johoon Choi · February 10, 2013

I think this article have a typo. This-> piano noble -> piano nobile ! You missed i between b and l . Piano nobile means "the main floor of a large house, containing the reception rooms: usually of lofty proportions". Thanks.

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Trio Odemira · August 05, 2011

What kind of logement it is? T2?

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Where are the renderings?

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Jeez...didn't know sarcasm was so difficult to get :-)

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