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Le Corbusier

We are the worldwide distributor of Le Corbusier Plans. Le Corbusier Plans was developed through the partnership of Fondation Le Corbusier of France and Echelle-1 of Japan. Peruse our site to learn about our product, the architect, and us.

In DVD COLLECTION section, you will find details of DVD based product, Le Corbusier Plans. The high-definition digital archive collection, Plans, encompasses the most complete store of Le Corbusier’s life-time of architectural designs, based on over 38,000 notes, diagrams and drawings, and photographs painstakingly collected and catalogued by Fondation Le Corbusier. Echelle-1 spent seven laborious years to digitize this superb collection of Le Corbusier’s architectural works.

Le Corbusier Plans

 

In ONLINE ARCHIVE section, you will find details of our new Online service. For the first time, the master architect’s complete legacy is offered as a comprehensive digital archive, available as an online research tool. Starting with the full content of the DVD Collection, we added many features and benefits, previously unavailable, to create Le Corbusier Plans Online service. This digital archive offering is a must have for all students and researchers of Le Corbusier.

In ABOUT US section, you will find out more about us, Echelle-1 Internationale. Who we are, our work, and, our aspirations are covered here.

Join us in celebration of the master architect of the 20th century, Le Corbusier.

 

The Architect

Le Corbusier (1887-1965). One of the most influential architects of the 20th century.

He left behind a legacy of designs and plans, spanning 38,000 notes, diagrams and drawings. Fondation Le Corbusier, established in 1968, painstakingly collected and catalogued these designs and plans so that Le Corbusier’s legacy can be properly passed along to future generations of architects and scholars.

Ando Tadao, Japanese architect, says this about Le Corbusier:

“The first house by Le Corbusier I actually visited was the Villa Savoye. I was 24 at the time. This was before repairs were made, and the house was like a ruin. However, for that very reason it seemed to express more directly and with more raw power the architectural concepts Le Corbusier had proposed to the world of the twentieth century.”

“I am examining once more the sketches and drawings that he made before arriving at the final scheme for the Villa Savoye. There were in fact three schemes before the final, realized one. Among the sketches of the first scheme, there is on drawn with a pencil on watercolor paper in which just a ramp is depicted by a number of overlapping lines. Although roughly drawn, it suggests something of the excitement with which he must have anticipated the still unknown space.”

“I do not know the history or the circumstances of the decision, but the ramp was eliminated; two schemes with floors connected by stairs were developed. They had in common the Domino method of framing and the five points of a new architecture, such as pilotis, horizontal long windows and a roof garden, but there was no so-called promenade architecture. In the final design, the ramp was resuscitated. The final scheme took into account revision to the program but was close in image to the first scheme. This became the final design, and the house was born, marking the beginning of twentieth-century Modern architecture. The creative process was a dramatic one, befitting the brilliance of the resulting architectural space. The sheaf of innumerable sketches gives us a glimpse of the lifelong passion of the architect and the profundity of the world of architecture.”

*excerpt from Le Corbusier; Art and Architecture – A Life of Creativity, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.