Le Corbusier's eternal Villa Savoye le Poissy — and yours for an evening
Corbusier's Five Points of Architecture include the elevated floor and ribbon window
The open floor plan of Le Corbusier's design will enhance your private reception
The steep ramp to the roof terraces, inspired by Le Corbusier's passion for steamships
Invite your guests to fully explore Villa Savoye and its unique features
Charles Édouard-Jeanneret, also known as Le Corbusier
Villa Savoye a Poissy
Style: Business Meetings, Social Gatherings
An absolute icon of modern architecture by an absolute icon of 20th century architects – Le Corbusier, whose work continues to be revered around the world.
Swiss-born architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, also known as Le Corbusier, greatly influenced if not led the course of modern architecture. In 1928 he founded the International Congress on Modern Architecture, and the International Style was off and running. His famous quote, “The house is a machine for living,” was his way of acknowledging that industrialization is here to stay, and we should selectively integrate it into our everyday lives to be more efficient.
Villa Savoye, located in the village of Poissy, about a half hour (18 miles) northeast of Paris, was completed in 1929 as a weekend retreat for the Savoye family. It is now a national museum, and after hours it is available for private tours and intimate cocktail receptions.
Villa Savoye is a small 2-story building of concrete and plaster sited in an open field that allows visitors to fully appreciate its beauty. Le Corbusier’s philosophy of design for the 20th century led to his well-documented “Five Points of Architecture.” This was a set of visual and structural requirements of design: slender columns (pilotis) supporting the main floor, flat roof that also serves as a terrace, open floor plan with no structural bearing walls, ribbon windows (long, horizontal emphasis) to allow unobstructed light, and “free” façade (the skin of the building is devoid of visible structure). Each of these “Five Points of Architecture” is present at Villa Savoye.
The dominant feature of the house is the elevated, shallow 1-story “box” with continuous ribbon window. The slender columns beneath the main floor provide a deep covered patio surrounding the ground floor entrance. Another striking feature of Le Corbusier’s design is his arrangement of circulation between levels of the house. From the ground floor foyer a circular stairway leads to the main floor living and bedroom areas and adjoining terrace, and further to the upper roof terrace. There are also moderately sloped ramps; one interior ramp from the lower entrance to the main floor, and one exterior ramp connecting the main floor interior courtyard to the roof terrace. The design of the stairways and ramps are thought to reflect Le Corbusier’s interest in steamships. Their impact can be seen from the outside of the house.
In 1965, while Le Corbusier was still alive to enjoy the honor, Villa Savoye was designated a National Monument. In recent decades the Villa has been completely restored and is now managed by the French National Monuments agency.
Images courtesy of French National Monuments
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by Villa Savoye a Poissy
Villa Savoye A Poissy
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