Le Corbusier- Towards an architecture

Points for Discussion Is Corbusier correct in saying that there exists a new spirit? Was it true then, and is it true now?

During that era there was definitely a new spirit regarding the development in electricity, speed, power and material but it wasn’t used to it’s full potential, I think that echoes today as the majority of houses haven’t developed at all regarding form and efficiency. I don’t think the spirit exists today especially in the UK, even in the city there’s only a small proportion of architecture which is new and innovative, it’s needs to start developing into general housing so it can be beneficial for everyone.

Does the failure of the Caproni Ca60 weaken or invalidate Le Corbusier’s argument?

I don’t think it invalidate his argument, they had no understanding of aeronautics and the properties of lift then so it would have been very difficult to be successful with any of his designs.

Outline and discuss the areas of similarity and the areas of contrast between Saint’Elia’s Futurist Architecture and Le Corbusier’s Modern Architecture.

The main difference between LeCorbusier and Saint’Elia is that LeCorbusier was the only one who built his designs, the reason for this could be that he followed the golden ratio which is proven to make architecture aesthetically pleasing. Both have been influential for today’s architects and they both shared their passion of architecture through their manifesto’s. They were both interested in cities and how they can be accessible and comfortable to live in, they also shared an interest with raw materials and form over decoration.

This was LeCorbusier manual on how your house would need to be designed perfectly

THE MANUAL OF THE DWELLING

  • Demand a bathroom looking south, one of the largest rooms in the house or flat, the old drawing room for instance. One wall to be entirely glazed, opening if possible on to a balcony for sun baths; the most up-to-date fittings with a shower-bath and gymnastic appliances.
  • An adjoining room to be a dressing-room in which you can dress and undress. Never undress in your bedroom. It is not a clean thing to do and makes the room horribly untidy. In this room demand fitments for your linen and clothing, not more than 5 feet in height, with drawers, hangers, etc.
  • Demand one really large living room instead of a number of small ones.
  • Demand bare walls in your bedroom, your living room and your dining-room. Built-in fittings to take the place of much of the furniture, which is expensive to buy, takes up too much room and needs looking after.
  • If you can, put the kitchen at the top of the house to avoid smells.
  • Demand concealed or diffused lighting.
  • Demand a vacuum cleaner.
  • Buy only practical furniture and never buy decorative “pieces.” If you want to see bad taste, go into the houses of the rich. Put only a few pictures on your walls and none but good ones.
  • Keep your odds and ends in drawers or cabinets.
  • The gramophone or the pianola or wireless will give you exact interpretations of first-rate music, and you will avoid catching cold in the concert hall, and the frenzy of the virtuoso.
  • Demand ventilating panes to the windows in every room.
  • Teach your children that a house is only habitable when it is full of light and air, and when the floors and walls are clear. To keep your floors in order eliminate heavy furniture and thick carpets.
  • Demand a separate garage to your dwelling.
  • Demand that the maid’s room should not be an attic. Do not park your servants under the roof.
  • Take a flat which is one size smaller than what your parents accustomed you to. Bear in mind economy in your actions, your household management and in your thoughts.

Le Corbusier (2013-04-09). Towards a New Architecture (Dover Architecture) (Kindle Locations 990-1008). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.

We were asked to think how our perfect house would be if money was invalid and these were my main requests:-

  • I would like the house to be in the country side but not too far away from a large town/city
  • The house would be open plan with large windows so i could admire the view
  • I enjoy cooking so the kitchen would be large with plenty of storage and worktop space
  • I would like a log burner in the living area, preferably floating and not attached to a wall.
  • I would like a large garden with plenty of space
  • A grand piano and a home gym
  • I love copper as a material so it would be consistent through the house.
  • I would like large lighting fixtures in every room
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