Le Corbusier

"Architecture is the clever, correct and magnificent expression of volumes in light" - Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier (1887-1965)

Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds on October 6 th 1887. He died in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on August 27th, 1965. The ideas of the architect and urbanist, to whom we owe a certain number of avant-garde buildings like the Unité d’habitation in Marseille or the Chapel in Ronchamp, influenced architecture worldwide.

Le Corbusier and the villas

The mass of the building, its overhanging roof, the interior spaces fully justify its belonging to the world heritage of architecture.

Other family homes built by the architect:

  • Villa Favre-Jacot. Le Locle (1912)
  • Villa Schwob, – called “Turkish Villa”, La Chaux-de-Fonds (1916)
  • Villa La Roche Jeanneret, Paris (1923)
  • Villa “Le Lac”Le Corbusier, Corseaux, Switzerland (1923)
  • Villa Stein, Garches, France (1927)
  • Villa Savoye, Poissy, France (1929)
  • Maisons Jaoul, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (1952)

In 1914, he established the project Dom-in-o, based on the use of standardized prefabricated elements. Later, he tried to apply his proportional system Modulor, especially in the Unités d’habitation in Marseille.


UNESCO World Heritage

Since July 2016, the architectural work of Le Corbusier is part of the UNESCO World Heritage :

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

The 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries (France, Switzerland, Argentinia, Belgium, Germany, Japan and India). The Swiss sites are the Villa „Le Lac“ in Corseaux (VD) and the Building Clarté in Geneva (GE).