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A Residence Designed for Exhibitions
A Residence Designed for Exhibitions

A Residence Designed for Exhibitions

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich
  • A Residence Designed for Exhibitions
  • A Residence Designed for Exhibitions
  • A Residence Designed for Exhibitions
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The “Maison d’homme”as Le Corbusier called the Zurich pavilion—is a demonstration object built on the scale of a residence using his Modulor anthropometric scale of proportions. He explored in this building the potential benefits of prefabricated elements, as well as the possibilities offered by sculpture, painting, tapestries, graphics, photography, and furniture.
The pavilion, seemingly composed of several colored blocks, is more than just an exhibition building; the sculptural volume topped by two steel umbrellas is a free-form version of the paradigmatic duplex home that Le Corbusier first conceived in 1920 under the name Maison Citrohan and then created variations on, culminating in the 1950s with the Unités d’habitation. Today, the small open kitchen and low-ceilinged living area, as well as the pavilion’s two-story hall, call to mind the topos of the Paris artist’s studio on which Maison Citrohan was based. In an early planning stage, there were to be two fully furnished bedrooms on the upper floor.

Two-story studio space, Pavillon Le Corbusier

Arthur Rüegg, “Schöpferisches Destillat,” TEC21, no. 22 (May 28, 1958), pp. 26–28.

Soline Nivet, Le Corbusier et l’Immeuble-villas. Stratégies, dispositifs, figures, Wavre, 2011.

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Doppelgeschossiger Atelierraum, Pavillon Le Corbusier
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Skizze, Maison Citrohan, Le Corbusier, 1920
Abbildung: © Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris

Doppelgeschossiger Wohnraum in der Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, Le Corbusier, 1954
Abbildung: Photographie industrielle du Sud-Ouest / Archives départementales de la Gironde

Grundriss des ersten Obergeschosses mit eingezeichneten Schlafzimmern, erste Baueingabe vom 12. Dezember 1961, gezeichnet von Guillermo Juan de la Fuente, unterzeichnet von Le Corbusier und Heidi Weber
Abbildung: Stadt Zürich, Hochbaudepartement, Planauflage / Archiv