A rectilinear honeycomb, Chandigarh's High Court ©Edmund Sumner

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier

Charles Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887-1965) born in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, a key figure in the modernist movement. He became a French citizen in 1930 where he called himself Le Corbusier. He studied architecture but according to some did not formally qualify, writer, urban planner and founding member of CIAM (Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne). His buildings can be found in Europe, Japan, India, Russia, North and South America. His art can be found at E-1027  


mural on a wall in Eileen Grey's villa painted by Corbusier

Corbusier Murals at E-1027 Image: Manuel Bougot © With thanks to Cap Moderne


La Cabane which sits above E-1027 (Eileen Gray’s modernist villa) was a place of rest, controversy and ultimately above where he accidently drowned on 27th August 1965.

Modulor man berlin

Modulor: Image Alisa Bobina


He created the five points for new architecture (according to Site Le Corbusier)

  • A building raised on pilotis pile stilts,
  • A self-supporting structural framework formed by columns and beams,
  • Glazed external walls,
  • A flexible open-plan (without load-bearing walls) that can be adapted according to the building’s functions and their changes,
  • A terrace roof that acts as a roof garden.


Le Corbusier painted murals in Eileen Gray's Modernist masterpiece villa E-1027 Image Howard Morris

Corbusier at E-1027 Image Howard Morris


Notable buildings include:

  • Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1928
  • Cité Radieuse Unite d’habitation, Marseille, France, 1945-1952
  • National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1957
  • Chapel of Notre-Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, 1950-1955
  • Palace of Assembly, Chandigarh, India, 1955
  • Unité d’habitation de Briey en Forêt
  • Mill Owners Association Building – Ahmedabad, India 1954


corbusier residential housing with coloured balconies and pilotis in berlin Germany

Unite d’Habitation Berlin Image Verana Stockigt


corbusier residential block in Marseille

Cité Radieuse Marseille Image Pierre A Faurre


corbusier church in Ronchamp France with distinctive thatched roof

Notre Dame du Haut , Ronchamp Image: Valueyou ©©


mill owners association building concrete brutalist

Mill Owners Association Building, Ahmedabad India : John Gollings ©


corbusier facade in india

City Museum, Chandigarh India: Image John Gollings ©

Banner Image Corbusier’s inspiring Chandigarh designs, the High Court ©Edmund Sumner



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