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|Location||Poissy, France map|
|Date||1928 to 1929 timeline|
|Construction System||concrete and plastered unit masonry|
|Context||rural or suburban|
|Notes||An early and classic exemplar of the "International Style", which hovers above a grass plane on thin concrete pilotti, with strip windows, and a flat roof with a deck area, ramp, and a few contained touches of curvaceous walls.|
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|Discussion||Villa Savoye Commentary
"Unlike the confined urban locations of most of Le Corbusier's earlier houses, the openness of the Poissy site permitted a freestanding building and the full realization of his five-point program. Essentially the house comprises two contrasting, sharply defined, yet interpenetrating external aspects. The dominant element is the square single-storied box, a pure, sleek, geometric envelope lifted buoyantly above slender pilotis, its taut skin slit for narrow ribbon windows that run unbroken from corner to corner (but not over them, thus preserving the integrity of the sides of the square)."
Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p530.
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1 April to 31 October : 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 6.00 pm.
Closed - 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December.
RER line A to Poissy, then bus 50 direction La Coudraie, stop Les ‘illets or Lycée Le Corbusier.
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(visitor info updated 2005.0815)
Sources on Villa Savoye
Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. drawings and diagrams, p56-57. Updated edition available at Amazon.com
Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.005
Edward Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. exterior photos, construction section/anonmetric details, p246-251. Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at Amazon.com
Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p58.
Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.
Jacques Sbriglio. Le Corbusier : LA Villa Savoye : The Villa Savoye. Birkhauser (Architectural), June 1999. French and English, paperback, 144 pages. ISBN 3764358076. Available at Amazon.com
Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. p542-544. p530-531. Available at Amazon.com
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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