Analysing Villa Savoye

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Swiss-French writer, painter and mostly self-taught architect Le Corbusier was one of the pioneers of what is now called Modern architecture or the International style. He is best known for his architectural projects and theoretical thought.
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Believing that architecture is a combination of simple forms and utilitarian needs he created "a machine for living in".
Figure 1: Le Corbusier
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Figure 1: Le Corbusier
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In one of his books Le Corbusier wrote "Working by calculation, engineers employ geometrical
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Figure 4: Curved Glass Wall (Sullivan, M.A. 2006. Villa Savoye. Bluffton.
The Villa Savoye was carefully designed with consideration for how the spaces would be experienced and how it would interact with the environment, it’s users and their activities, needs and lifestyle. Located not far out of the small village of Poissy it was set in a lush meadow and surrounded by trees. This made it important for Le Corbusier to be conscious of the site and to reflect and use it to its full potential. Without disturbing the natural environment, he wanted to merge the house with its surroundings and thus emphasise the importance of the earth. This also created a majestic backdrop and setting. The approach to the house would be convenient as it was designed to suit the citron automobile as well as encouraging good circulation and motion early on in the design. This “fluid” approach gives the viewer a glimpse of what is to be expected of the rest of the villa. As well as being significant and unique in its curvaceous form of the ground floor and its individuality to the rest of the Villa Savoye exterior. This distincti veness is reinforced with the curved glass wall along the ground floor. The glass factor is however repeated though the ribbon windows. This allows the interior and exterior to be linked and the three dimensional properties are not only relative to the interior but also to the surroundings or the bigger picture. The rectangular first floor is supported by