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Le Corbusier: The Latest Architecture and News

When Architects Design Boats

Boats offer delightful distractions for a surprisingly large number of architects. So many in fact, that there seems to be something about boats that appeals specifically to those trained in architecture.

Zürich City Guide: 23 Spots Architecture Enthusiasts Shouldn’t Miss

© Virginia Duran
© Virginia Duran

The historical Roman town has been busy at work and new exciting buildings, squares, and public parks have bloomed across the city. Since my first trip to Zürich in 2014, a lot has happened around good old Turicum.

After a compelling trip organized by Visit Zürich and my friend Philipp Heer, we were able to visit some of the newest, most interesting and uplifting places of the city. Flitting hither and thither, Roc Isern, David Basulto, and I enjoyed the privilege of a tailored itinerary, access to Zürich's gems, and perhaps the most inspiring, the architects behind these amazing structures.

© Virginia Duran© Philipp Heer© Virginia Duran© Visit Zürich+ 24

Eileen Grey's Controversial E-1027 Villa is Restored and Open to the Public

Association Cap Moderne have announced that the restoration of Eileen Gray’s modernist villa E-1027, along with other projects on the Cap Moderne site, such as Le Corbusier’s Cabanon and Unités de Camping, and l’Etoile de Mer restaurant, have been completed and are now open to visitors. The site is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered as one of the must-see places to discover in the region, welcoming more than 10,000 visitors a year.

© Manuel Bougot© Manuel Bougot© Manuel Bougot© Manuel Bougot+ 9

A Virtual Tour of Le Corbusier’s Unbuilt Errazuriz House

Sometimes architecture’s most influential designs remain unbuilt. Their mark on the world is larger than the physical footprint of the building despite it never breaking ground. This is the case for the Errazuriz House designed in 1930 by Le Corbusier for a Chilean diplomat to Argentina. The house was intended for the mountains of Zapallar Chile overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its primary design feature, the uneven butterfly roof, was intended to reference the peaks and ridges of its surrounding terrain. This is the first instance of a butterfly roof, which would become a staple of post-war houses in California, built by the thousands. This video explores the Errazuriz house, its history, its design, and takes us on a virtual walkthrough of its digital reconstruction.

A New Layer of Public Space: The Case for Activating Urban Rooftops

In increasingly denser urban environments, there is a new-found interest in underused spaces as opportunities for further development. Representing up to 25% of cities' land area, rooftops are among the most exciting spatial resources. From sustainable infrastructure and urban farming to social spaces and cultural venues, the article looks into the potential of creating a multi-layered city through the activation of urban rooftops.

CopenHill by BIG. Image © Hufton+CrowGreen Cloud by ZHUBO-AAO. Image © John SiuRodeph Sholom School Playdecks by Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects. Image © Francis DzikowskiYOU+International Youth Community Shenzhen by officePROJECT. Image © Chao Zhang+ 10

Open Concepts: Le Corbusier's Free Plan

The term ‘open concept’ is popular with house-flipping television shows and real estate descriptions for lofts or contemporary style homes. However, the phrase is absent from the architect’s lexicon, likely due to a much more robust vocabulary and archive of precedents for describing the continuity of space in a domestic environment. This video is the second in a series that breaks down various ‘open concepts’ in architecture. The first video was dedicated to the ‘Organic Plan’ of Frank Lloyd Wright and this one takes a closer look at the ‘Free Plan’ of Le Corbusier. Through comparisons with Wright and supported with examples from the Five Points of a Modern Architecture, ‘Free Plans’ are presented as a unique way of understanding the coherence of space.

Architecture and Masks: A Visual Representation of Time

The Avions Voisin C7 was manufactured between 1924 and 1928 and featured a groundbreaking design for the time. The extensive use of glass, aluminum bodywork, and sharp angles hinted at the shapes of an aircraft. This was the car that Le Corbusier liked to park in front of his buildings - the architect considered this car to be the ultimate translation of modern age and technology combined into a single object. He was convinced that architecture had much to learn from this machine.

With 3 gears and a 30-horsepower engine, it is hard to imagine anyone using this car today since the automobile industry has experienced countless innovations since that time. Corbusier's architecture, however, doesn't seem so outdated, but the cars pictured alongside the brand new buildings are actually what reveals how old the photograph is. Locating elements that can point out the time period of a photograph is very effective, especially in architecture. Some elements can make this task much easier, for example, household appliances, computer monitors, or other particular details.

RM House / Pedro Miguel Santos. Image © Alexander BogorodskiyApple Marina Bay Sands / Foster + Partners. Image © Finbarr FallonMicro Tropicality, RAD+ar HQ / RAD+ar (Research Artistic Design + architecture). Image © William SutantoSt. Carolus Hospital Screening Facility / AT-LARS. Image © Ari Pictures+ 10

The 5 Points of Modern Architecture in Contemporary Projects

In 1926, Le Corbusier developed the five points that would become the foundations for modern architecture. Once materialized in 1929 in the iconic Villa Savoye project, Le Corbusier's principles - pilotis, free design of the ground plan, free design of the facade, horizontal window, and roof garden - have been extensively explored in modern architecture and continue to influence the most diverse contemporary architectural projects to this day.

The five points became a kind of guideline for the New Architecture, as Corbusier used to call it. Even after decades, new technologies, materials, and demands of society have continued to update those architectural solutions, announced almost a century ago as the basis for a new architecture.

Unisociesc Block H / Metroquadrado. Image: © Pablo TeixeiraTorreão House / BLOCO Arquitetos. Image: © Haruo MikamiÁgora Tech Park / Estúdio Módulo. Image: © Nelson KonGarden House / Hayhurst and Co. Image: © Kilian O'Sulivan+ 41

Architectural Photographer Edmund Sumner Takes Part in the Artist Support Pledge Initiative with Chandigarh Images

During the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the lack of exhibitions and commissions, artists around the world started to struggle. The Artist Support Pledge, an initiative born in March of 2020 in response to this global crisis, seeks to support creative individuals, including architectural photographers. Founded by artist Matthew Burrows, the global movement connects communities in order to ensure “an equitable and sustainable economy for artists and makers of all countries, media, and ethnicities”.

Cinema in India designed by LeCorbusier. Image © Edmund SumnerDavid Chipperfield Inagawa (PM) 2018. Image © Edmund SumnerThe High Court of Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier. Image © Edmund SumnerCinema in India designed by LeCorbusier. Image © Edmund Sumner+ 30

Modernist Chandigarh Through the Lens of Roberto Conte

Through its urban planning and civic buildings, Chandigarh represents an iconic fragment of Modernist architecture. This economic and administrative centre was meant to showcase the progressiveness of the 1950s' newly independent India.

House Type 4-J - Pierre Jeanneret . Image © Roberto ConteTower of Shadows - Le Corbusier . Image © Roberto ConteOpen Hand - Le Corbusier . Image © Roberto ConteTower of Shadows - Le Corbusier . Image © Roberto Conte+ 24