Villa Savoye, Paris, France
The Villa Savoye, described as a “box in the air”, is a definitive project designed by Swiss architect, Le Corbusier, in 1929. The structure comes together as a culmination of Le Corbusier’s work over the past decade, and his assertion that a “house should be a machine for living in.”
The layout, forms and materials of the Villa Savoye define this concept. Located on the outskirts of Paris, the simple, geometric structure provided an escape from bustling city life. In an elegant blend of form and function, the Villa Savoye stands as both a modernist sculpture and a liveable home.
Originally constructed as the Savoye family’s country retreat, the structure became the property of the state in 1958. It is currently marked as an official historical monument and is open to visitors year-round.
Villa Savoye’s modernistic design embodies Le Corbusier’s “five points” concept, where the building is elevated from the earth, adorned with a terrace roof, devoid of load-bearing walls, illuminated by extended horizontal windows, and divided by freely-designed facades.