Le Corbusier's Pavilion For Zurich: Model And Prototype Of An Ideal Exhibition Space
Le Corbusier’s Pavilion for Zurich uses numerous handwritten documents, drawings, and papers to trace the history of Le Corbusier’s last built work. This dwelling, which is also a museum, was initiated by Zürich gallery owner Heidi Weber. With its abstract forms and colors, it represents an intellectual legacy of the famous architect in which the further development of architecture as envisaged by Le Corbusier is clearly legible. From the first ideas and sketches from 1949–50 to the opening in 1967 and beyond, the genesis of this exceptional building—the completion of which the architect did not live to see—is presented with lavish use of illustrations and documents. This book explains for the first time the significance of the pavilion, which differs strongly from the beton brut of Le Corbusier’s late work, in terms of its position as one of the architect’s central and forward-looking works.
* > Tim Benton, born in Rome in 1945, was educated at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He taught for forty years at the Open University England and is currently professor emeritus in the history of art.
Catherine Dumont d’Ayot, born in France in 1965, studied architecture at the University of Geneva and at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. She has been teaching and researching at the University of Geneva since 1995 and at the ETH Zürich since 2006.
Edited by the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation, ETH Zürich