Association Maison blanche
Classified as an important national monument, but abandoned for many years, la Maison blanche could be revived thanks to the commitment of citizens from all walks of life who founded the Association on January 31 st 2000.
With the support of the public, foundations and private donors, the Association Maison blanche was able to realize this ambitious project: The acquisition of the property and its complete restoration while simultaneously respecting the work of the architect, and thus permitting it to be opened to the public, to schools of architecture and art, to political representatives, and to the economic world....
The multidisciplinary studies conducted in view of the restoration enormously enriched our knowledge of the Maison blanche. It enchants us, bears witness to the value of this treasured heritage of La Chaux-de-Fonds and illuminates this significant trajectory in the career of Le Corbusier: a necessary link between his education and his mature works!
At the moment, the Association has about 350 members and the Maison blanche welcomes up to 4’000 visitors yearly thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.
Executive commitee of the Association Maison blanche
Edmond Charrière, president; Boris Evard, vice-president; Jean-Jacques Bise, secretary; André Bolliger, paymaster; Ariane Borel, Pascal Bourquin, Wolfgang F. Carrier, Isabel Ditisheim, Kornelia Imesch Oechslin, Laurent Memminger, Jean Studer, Martine Voumard, members.
Commission for the realisation of the project, 2004-2005
Robert Monnier, architect FAS-SIA, president; Arthur Rüegg, architect BSA-SIA, professor EPFZ; Giuseppe Gerster, architect SIA, federal expert, Federal Office of Culture; Jacques Bujard, curator of State monuments and sites, Neuchâtel; Christophe Stawarz, president of the executive commitee of the Association Maison blanche; Denis Clerc, city architect of the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds; Jean-Daniel Jeanneret, architect in charge of the city’s patrimony of La Chaux-de-Fonds; Edmond Charrière, curator of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds; Pierre Minder, architect SIA, master builder.
MSBR S.A., Pierre Minder, architecte
EPFL-SIA, La Chaux-de-Fonds
Planum, Peter Wullschleger, architecte-paysagiste HES-FSAP, La Chaux-de-Fonds
Catherine Courtiau, Genève
Pierre Beurret, La Chaux-de-Fonds
Heating and building technology
Planair S.A., Pierre Renaud, La Sagne
Conservation and restoration
Atelier Muttner, E.+M. Muttner, Le Landeron
Bureau d'études sanitaires, Laurent Geiser, La Chaux-de-Fonds
Eveline Perroud, La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Maison blanche
Chemin de Pouillerel 12
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
open Monday to Friday, in the morning
Tel. +41 32 910 90 30
Fax +41 32 910 90 39
Association Maison blanche
Case postale 2329
2302 La Chaux-de-Fonds
IBAN CH51 0900 0000 1734 5375 5