Villa Jeanneret
8 square du Docteur-Blanche
75016 Paris
France

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret 1925

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 villas built. 

 

 

'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. 


Books and other web sites

Click the book title to view and to order direct from

 

0486250237_m.gif (4648 bytes) Towards a new architecture
Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier's original architectural 'manifesto', describing what he sought to achieve, as it first appeared in English in 1931. Accessible (if an unconventional style for today) and stimulating.

Le Corbusier: Ideas and forms
William J.R. Curtis

Readable (quite detailed) account of Le Corbusier's work, well illustrated and well structured.

Le Corbusier and the continuing revolution in architecture
Charles Jencks

A hefty but accessible analysis of Le Corbusier's life and work, drawing on his writing and painting as well as building design.

 

The Centre des monuments nationaux, which runs the Villa Savoye, has a web site at www.monum.fr, but too hi-tech to be user-friendly.

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