Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Pavillion Suisse, 1932, designed by Le Corbusier.
Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret 1932
The Pavillion Suisse is located in the Cite Universitaire in Paris to provide accomodation and support services for Swiss students studying in Paris.
The Pavillion reflects the development of Le Corbusiers work at the time and includes developments of his 'five points of architecture' including a glazed curtain wall and six sculpted reinforced concrete columns that replace fine piloti which raise the building off the ground and form a public space beneath the building.
The student accomodation is located in the upper floors and the public spaces are located on the ground floor and in a seperate curved volumn which extends from ground level to the top floor. The curved volume contrasts with the rectilinear block of accomodation to which it is attached.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, built in 1937, and re-opened in 2001 following a renovation by french architects Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal who created a series of rough interventions and minimal renovation to the existing building which had been derelict for more than a decade. The raw style of the renovation gives the building a wonderfully experimental and honest character reflecting both the history of the building and as a space for experimentation and presentation of contemporary art. The large spaces of the gallery have been preserved with only minimal interventions which enhance the functionality of the gallery without comprimising the existing qualities of the existing building.
The design has helped the gallery become the most experimental and ambitious contemporary art gallery in Paris which encourages and fosters experimentation and new modes of interaction, curation and exhibition of art.