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Le Corbusier, Pavillon Suisse : the biography of a building = biographie d'un bâtiment /
Ivan Zaknic.
imprint
Basel : Birkhäuser, c2004.
description
416 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30cm.
ISBN
3764300094 :
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imprint
Basel : Birkhäuser, c2004.
isbn
3764300094 :
language note
Text in English and French.
catalogue key
5326215
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ivan Zaknic is Professor of Architecture at Lehigh University and a visiting fellow at Princeton University.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The Pavillon Suisse has accommodated Swiss students in Paris since it was opened in 1933. This monograph is the result of years of dedicated research into every aspect of the building - socio-political premises, planning, design and construction, the aesthetic and functional achievements it represents and Le Corbusier's own renovations.
Main Description
Planned in 1930/31 in extremely difficult circumstances, it is a minor miracle that the Cité Internationale Universitaire Swiss halls of residence, when built, so closely resembled Le Corbusier's original innovative design. The Pavillon Suisse has accommodated Swiss students in Paris since it was opened in July 1933. This monograph is the result of years of dedicated research into every aspect of the building - socio-political premises, planning, design and construction, the aesthetic and functional achievements it represents, and Le Corbusier's own renovations in 1948, 1953 and 1957. It is the first comprehensive portrait of one of Le Corbusier's most imaginative creations. The author, Ivan Zaknic, Professor of Architecture at Lehigh University and Visiting Fellow of Princeton University is a prominent Le Corbusier expert.
Main Description
Pavillon Suisse was the first modern building within Cite Universitaire, and it is highly innovative, both technically and aesthetically. The idea of a dormitory for students that would provide both privacy and community, born of a close study of medieval monasteries and of ideals for a "Radiant City," was part of Le Corbusier's life-long quest to devise a collective "machine for living." Founding, designing, funding, constructing, and maintaining this Swiss House on French soil was marked by crises in authority, autonomy, and fiscal responsibility that mirrored the problems of Europe herself.
Main Description
Planned in 1930/31 in extremely difficult circumstances, it is a minor miracle that the Cite Internationale Universitaire Swiss halls of residence, when built, so closely resembled Le Corbusier's original innovative design. The Pavillon Suisse has accommodated Swiss students in Paris since it was opened in July 1933. This monograph is the result of years of dedicated research into every aspect of the building -- socio-political premises, planning, design and construction, the aesthetic and functional achievements it represents, and Le Corbusier's own renovations in 1948, 1953 and 1957. It is the first comprehensive portrait of one of Le Corbusier's most imaginative creations.
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Planned in 1930/31 in extremely difficult circumstances, it is a minor miracle that the Citi Internationale Universitaire Swiss halls of residence, when built, so closely resembled Le Corbusier's original innovative design. The Pavillon Suisse has accommodated Swiss students in Paris since it was opened in July 1933. This monograph is the result of years of dedicated research into every aspect of the building - socio-political premises, planning, design and construction, the aesthetic and functional achievements it represents, and Le Corbusier's own renovations in 1948, 1953 and 1957. It is the first comprehensive portrait of one of Le Corbusier's most imaginative creations. The author, Ivan Zaknic, Professor of Architecture at Lehigh University and Visiting Fellow of Princeton University is a prominent Le Corbusier expert.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 19
The context : Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP)p. 25
Acquiring the funds, the site, and the commissionp. 56
History of the designp. 104
Groundbreaking, construction, confrontationp. 178
Inauguration and chronic financial traumap. 213
The war years 1939-1945 : occupation and degradationp. 250
Post-war reparations : the new mural, the curtain wall, and the Brise-soleilp. 283
Le Corbusier's increasing recognition and diminishing involvementp. 331
The posthumous life of the Swiss Pavilionp. 356
Crisis in Utopiap. 392
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