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The Villa Savoye

"The house is a box in the air,..."
         —Le Corbusier, Précisions

About the Building

Designed by Le Corbusier in 1929, The Villa Savoye at Poissy, represents a decade of architecture when the architect worked capture modern architecture at its finest. Throughout the 1920s, Le Corbusier who changed his name from Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, wrote and designed with considerations of the nature of modern life and architecture’s role in the new machine age. Le Corbusiers famous quote, “The house should be a machine for living in,” is brought to reality within the layout, shapes, materials, and location of the Villa Savoye.

The Villa Savoye is located just outside Paris, this allowed for a rural escape from the dense urban city. The house was placed on a large unresticted site that allowed Le Corbusier to design with complete freedom. Le Corbuiser's "floating box" was both functional as a house and a modern sculpture, blending both form and function.

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