Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pavilion Suisse

Pavilion Suisse

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.

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