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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich
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Jacques Tati in «Mon Oncle»

As in the apartments in the Unités d’habitation, the open kitchen is U-shaped and inscribed in a tiny room module with sides measuring 226 cm.
In contrast with the Unités, however, this “cockpit for the housewife” is made entirely of chromium steel. Against the window is a round sink with a rectangular drip tray, and on the side toward the dining area there is a built-in cutting board, two burners, and a grill; both sections are without a substructure, seeming to float. Integrated into the red extractor hood is a frame for hanging glasses, reminiscent of a French bar. Ingenious accessories, such as the juicer built into a drawer, could have sprung straight from Jacques Tati’s imagination. All in all, this kitchen, built in Montreux—together with the dining area and the seating niche—calls to mind that the pavilion was based on a residence. However, its implementation was precisely coordinated with exhibition operations.

Kitchen built according to the Modular principle, 226 × 226 × 226 cm, Pavillon Le Corbusier

Arthur Rüegg, ed., La cellule Le Corbusier: L’Unité d’habitation de Marseille, Marseille, 2012.

Naïma Jornod, La “Maison d’homme” ou “Heidi Weber Museum – Center Le Corbusier,” Geneva, 2013.

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Küche nach dem Modulorprinzip 226 × 226 × 226 cm, Pavillon Le Corbusier
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Detailansicht Küche mit geöffneten Elementen aus Chromstahl, Pavillon Le Corbusier
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

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