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56. Villa Savoye #105architecturalinspirations

56. Villa Savoye #105architecturalinspirations

It is a building that every architect has studied. The Villa Savoye is a modern villa located in Poissy, near Paris. Designed by Le Corbusier, this building exemplified Corb’s “five points” for a new architecture.

1. Replacement of supporting walls by a grid of reinforced concrete columns that bears the structural load.

2. Absence of supporting walls allowing unrestrained internal use.

3. Separation of the exterior and interior

Villa Savoye

4. Horizontal windows that provide illumination and ventilation.

5. Roof Gardens reclaiming the space for nature used by the building footprint.

Villa Savoye

This was the first project I studied while in architecture school that rid itself of the “rules” that classical architecture used. It provided a basis for an “open plan” and blended interior spaces to exterior spaces. The building’s design was derived through the study of early 20th century machinery. Corbusier wanted a machine for living. This was one of the first great works of architecture that was built on the premise that you would arrive by car. The geometry of the curve on the lower level matched the turning radius of a car – again using the machine to influence the architecture. The building as a whole is a study of Corb’s Ideal city on a micro scale. The section of the building is divided into a service and circulation zone, piano nobile above, and a celestial zone on top.

The beauty of this structure cannot be denied. Learning how an architect learned from machines and translated that knowledge into building is a must for all architects. This building shows that function can provide beauty. Now if only he could have designed a roof that did not leak….

#105architecturalinspirations is a collection of architectural details, buildings, and spaces that inspire me. I am taking on the challenge of finding two projects to spotlight each week in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to keep up and this process of discovery will push me to create better design solutions for my clients as I research and learn more about those projects I enjoy most. I challenge you to add your comments below about this project and to post your own inspirations for all to enjoy.  Full List of previous #105architecturalinspiration posts 1 – 20. First 20 architectural inspirations here21. Michael Graves 22. St. Augustine 23. Guggenheim Museum24. Ocho House25.Bjarke Ingels 26. WG Clark 27. John F. Kennedy Space Center 28.Akademie Mont-Cenis 29. Sustainability Treehouse 30. Porch Rail 31.Martin Lurther King Jr. Memorial 32. Warehouse Renvoation33.Architectural Salvage Warehouse 34. Thorncrown Chapel 35.Gabion Wall 36.Rectorat de Guyane Library  37. North Bay House 38.Old Ranch Road Barn 39.Eagle Rock Residence 40.Pratt Street Power Plant 41.United Therapeutics Field House 42. Porch House 43. Headwaters 44. Ben’s Barn 45. Kevin Mundy Memorial Bridge 46.  Thrupp + Summers House 47. Madrona Residence 48. Pixel Building 49. National Constitution Center 50. Falling Water 51. Wainwright Building 52. Merle’s Drive-In53. Green Office Building 54. Edgeland House 55. Kansas City Public Library