Loved reading a piece called “The DARKER Side of Villa Savoye,” that my friend Graham McKay published in his blog, about the most symbolic manifestation of Le Courbusier’s notion that the house was a machine to live in. As soon as it was completed, he notes, it was clear that the Villa was not really comfortable nor was it functional. Madame Savoye constantly complained about the leaking, the noise, and the discomfort, until concluding in a letter to the architect that the house was uninhabitable and warned him with a legal action. Unlike Edith Farnsworth who actually filed a law suit against Mies, Savoye decided to abandon the famous house, which has been listed as a public building since the 60s.
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