Le Corbusier: Master of Modern Architecture and his Cat

Le Corbusier — byname of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret is, internationally influential Swiss architect and city planner, whose designs combine the functionalism of the modern movement with a bold, sculptural expressionism. Corbusier was the first architect to make a studied use of rough-cast concrete, a technique that satisfied his taste for asceticism and for sculptural forms. And yes, he did have a cat.

Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier and his cat

Le Corbusier and his cat (Wallpaper*)

Le Corbusier was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds where is the world’s center of precision of watchmaking since the 18th century, Switzerland in 1887. In 1916, he settled in Paris with the intention of practicing architecture. As well as designing, Corbusier published and edited L’Esprit Nouveau, an avant-garde magazine about the arts. He started his career as purism painter and became a French citizen in 1930. Dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities, Le Corbusier was influential in urban planning as well.

City Planning Elements

Le Corbusier House in Marseille (THE POWER ROOM)

The materials of city planning are: sky, space, trees, steel and cement; in that order and that hierarchy.

Le Corbusier Quotes

He was the first architect to make a studied use of rough-cast concrete, a technique that satisfied his taste for asceticism and for sculptural forms.

5 principles of Architecture

Villa Savoye (ARCH1201 — BLOG)

1. Pilotis: Replacement of supporting walls by a grid of reinforced concrete columns that bears the structural load is the basis of the new aesthetic.
 2. The free ground plan: the absence of supporting walls — means the house is unrestrained in its internal use.
 3. The free façade: separating the exterior of the building from its structural function — sets the façade free from structural constraints.
 4. The horizontal window: which cuts the façade along its entire length, lights rooms equally.
 5. Flat-roof: Roof gardens on a flat roof can serve a domestic purpose while providing essential protection to the concrete roof.

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1929
(photo: Renato Saboya, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
(Khan Academy)

The Modulor

Unité d'Habitation, Marseille Photo - Paul kozlowski

Unité d’Habitation, Marseille Photo : Paul kozlowski 1997 © FLC/ADAGP (FONDATION LE CORBUSIER)

Its concept is a scale of harmonic measures that set architectural elements in proportion to human stature. On the proportions of the human figure and through it sought to create buildings which were designed to meet the needs of their inhabitants. Human scale was to dictate every aspect of architecture from the width of city streets to the height of a kitchen surface.

Modulor Man (ICON)

The home should be the treasure chest of living.

Le Corbusier Quotes (BrainyQuote)

Philosophy of Architecture

Le Corbusier (NationalVanguard.org)

Architecture is the learned game; correct and magnificent of forms assembled in the light.

Le Corbusier > Quotes (goodreads)

Le Corbusier’s design philosophy was heavily inspired by mathematical concepts used by Leonard da Vinci, such as the golden ratio and the Fibonacci series, which he used as the basis for his architectural proportions.

The Golden Ratio (imgur)

Less Lies

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, AKA Le Corbusier, California, 1937 (FLASHBAK)

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.

Le Corbusier Quotes (goodreads)

Eternal Joy


Corbusier died in 1965 at the age of 77. It’s a measure of his reputation that the US president Lyndon Johnson paid tribute, declaring ‘His influence was universal and his works are invested with a permanent quality possessed by those of very few artists in our history’. In 2016, 17 of his architectural works were named World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Life never stops. The torment of men will be eternal, unless the function of creating and acting and changing, living intensely through each day, be considered an eternal joy.

Le Corbusier Quotes


Le Corbusier (Wikipedia)
 Modern master: Le Corbusier, 50 years on (Wallpaper*)
 Modulor (Wikipedia)
 ル・コルビュジエ(Le Corbusier) (TAISEI CORPORATION)
 Unité d’habitation, Marseille, France, 1945 (FONDATION LE CORBUSIER)
 The Naked Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, AKA Le Corbusier: A Life In Photos (FLASH BAK)
 14 Facts You Didn’t Know About Le Corbusier (ArchDaily)
 Le Corbusier (Encyclopedia Britannica)

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