Celebrate Le Corbusier’s Birthday With These Modernist Masterpieces

The Swiss architect was born on October 6, 1887.

Notre Dame du Haut in France. Photo: Wikipedia.

Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier would have been 128 today, and its been a big year for his fans: an exhibition on his life’s work at the Pompidou Centre was crowned the museum’s most popular architecture show ever, after more than 260,000 visitors flocked to see it this summer.

Earlier this year, the Pompidou and the Le Corbusier Foundation announced that they would be launching a research project that will investigate the architect’s life and beliefs during the 1930s and World War II. Their findings will be presented in a symposium in 2016.

While there are only two Le Corbusier buildings in the United States—the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University and the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he was a consultant—if you’re in France, Switzerland, or India, we suggest taking a pilgrimage to one of the mater architect’s modernist masterpieces. Or just check out some of our favorites below.

Villa Savoye in France.  Photo: Wikipedia.

Villa Savoye in France.
Photo: Wikipedia.

Notre Dame du Haut in France. Photo: Wikipedia.

Notre Dame du Haut in France.
Photo: Wikipedia.

 Unité d'habitation. Photo: Wikipedia.

Unité d’habitation.
Photo: Wikipedia.

Villa Jeanneret-Perret in Switzerland. Photo: Snipview.

Villa Jeanneret-Perret in Switzerland.
Photo: Snipview.

Église Saint-Pierre in France. Photo: Wikipedia.

Église Saint-Pierre in France.
Photo: Wikipedia.

Sanskar Kendra in India. Photo: Flickr.

Sanskar Kendra in India.
Photo: Flickr.

Pavillon Suisse in Switzerland. Photo: Flickr.

Pavillon Suisse in Switzerland.
Photo: Flickr.

Les Maisons Jaoul in France.

Les Maisons Jaoul in France.

Baghdad Gymnasium. Photo: Jadaliyya.

Baghdad Gymnasium.
Photo: Jadaliyya.

House at Weissenhof in Germany. Photo: Wikipedia.

House at Weissenhof in Germany.
Photo: Wikipedia.


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