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Walking through the Le Corbusier show at MoMA again, it reminds of me of the trip I took last spring to see his Villa Savoye, the most celebrated achievement of his so-called Heroic Period. During the last years of the 20s, he was occupied with perfecting the residential “machine for living in,” and the climax of this concept was this white villa, which is open to the public. Built in Poissy between 1928 and 1931, it is considered by many historians as the “ultimate 20th century house,” the words of Martin Filler (in Makers of Modern Architecture).
It was here that Le Corbusier fully expressed his theory on the Five Point of Five Points of a New Architecture, which included the Pilotis (concrete columns that came to replace of supporting), the roof garden (set on a flat roof), the free ground plan, the free design of façade, and the stripe horizontal window. All of these great photos were taken by my friend and colleague Adriana Kertzer.