8 square du Docteur-Blanche
Le Corbusier and Pierre
The Villa Jeanneret was
commissioned by Le Corbusier's brother, Albert Jeanneret, and his fiancée
Lotti Raaf. It forms part of a joint project with the connected Villa La
Roche - the original scheme involved more houses and more clients, but it
was only Jeanneret and La Roche that stayed the course and saw their
'The requirements were for a
salon, dining room, bedrooms, a study, a kitchen, a maid's room and a
garage. As the site faced north, and there were zoning restrictions
against windows looking over the surrounding back gardens, it was
necessary to get light in by carving out light courts, a terrace, and
ingenious skylights. As one moves up the house, the spaces seem to
expand in size. The culmination of the route is the roof terrace, not
unlike the deck of a ship. Interiors are treated plainly; early
photographs show Purist pictures, Thonet chairs and North African rugs.'
William J.R. Curtis, Le
Corbusier - Ideas and Forms, 1986
Simon Glynn 2002
How to visit
The villa is used as the offices
of the Fondation Le Corbusier and is not normally open to the public. For
more information call +33 1 42 88 41 53 or visit www.fondationlecorbusier.asso.fr.
The villa is ten minutes' walk
west of Jasmin metro station on Line 9. From the metro station follow rue
Jasmin (direction south-west) to the end, turn right onto rue Raffet, then
right again onto rue du Docteur Blanche. Square du Docteur-Blance is a
private square behind wrought iron gates shortly on your right, with the Villa Jeanneret on your right
once you enter the square.
The adjoining Villa La Roche at the end
of the square is open to the public and well worth a visit.
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