LE CORBUSIER "THE ARCHITECT ON THE BEACH"

por MAAK, NIKLAS

HIRMER VERLAG MUNCHEN

LE CORBUSIER "THE ARCHITECT ON THE BEACH"

ISBN: 978-3-7774-3991-4
Fecha de la edición: 2011
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Encuadernación: CARTONE
Nº Pág.: 208

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The mastermind behind what he termed beautiful and functional »machines for living« Le Corbusier has long been recognised as
one of the foremost figures in the international style of architecture. Yet, beginning in the 1940s, the famed architect and urbanist
increasingly took modernism in a new direction that has until now been insufficiently considered - and little understood Dispensing with his trademark suit and bowtie, in the 1940s Le Corbusier began spending increasing amounts of time at the seashore, collecting stones, shells and other jetsam, and enjoying the works of the philosopher and ardent shell collector Paul Valéry. And it was here that the seemingly hyper-rational architect developed a revolutionary new theory of design, built around these polished and splintered shapes. Stating that nature was the source of his inspiration, Le Corbusier embarked on a meandering odyssey through the literature and esoteric writings of his day, going on to produce such unorthodox projects as Chandigarhs Palace of Assembly and the strange and beautiful Notre Dame du Haut Chapel in Ronchamp, whose roof is said to have been modelled after an inverted crabs shell. The development of Le Corbusiers new approach not only changed modernism but also inspired - and continues to inspire - new shapes and lines in the work of a host of architects.
In this superbly written and accessible piece of architectural history, Niklas Maak develops the intricate story of a breakthrough in architecture that began on a beach.



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