Villa Savoye--page 4 (of nine pages)
Views of the vestibule and stairwell

Le Corbusier
1929-30





After entering the house through the black metal double doors, one notes in the white space of the ground floor two modes of ascent to the first floor--the spiral staircase and the double-flight ramp. (Views of the ramp are on the next page.)
 
The curving exterior wall is glass; the floor is laid with white tile on the diagonal.
 

Center: left of the main axis

A row of columns marches down the hall to the rooms which would have been occupied by servants. Oddly, a shelf is attached to one of the columns, which is placed in front of a free-standing lavatory.
In this ground floor area Le Corbusier has also designed a suite for the chauffeur and linen room as well. The three-car garage is to the right of the main entrance.

Right: first floor landing

 
 

Views of the spiral staircase as it progresses to the top story

 


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Works Cited and Consulted:
Guillemette Morel-Journel, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye. Paris: Centre des monuments nationaux. Monum, Éditions du Patrimoine, 1998.
Jacques Sbriglio, Le Corbusier: La Villa Savoye. Paris: Fondation Le Corbusier, 1999.

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