Villa La Roche
10 square du Docteur-Blanche
75016 Paris

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret 1925

The Villa La Roche is a perfect showcase for Le Corbusier's new architecture, designed for a Swiss banker and collector of avant-garde art. The whole house is the art gallery, an 'architectural promenade' - a theme inspired by Le Corbusier's visit to the Acropolis in 1911 and repeated most strikingly in his Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts nearly forty years later.

As Charles Jencks describes the promenade,

Open the door, go under a bridge, and the tight space explodes upwards and through punched-out voids that are mysteriously backlit. Go across the triple-height space, look at the Purist paintings, one of which you now seem to be moving through, turn left up a stair, and survey the pure prisms from a balcony...


...Catch your breath, turn around, and proceed to the culmination, La Roche's curved gallery... [M]ount the brown ramp to the left, to Le Roche's aerie, his top-lit library. The spatial sequence is remarkable and remained a constant preoccupation of Le Corbusier. It also became the stock in trade of subsequent Modern architects.


Simon Glynn 2002

How to visit

The Villa La Roche has recently been thoroughly restored and can now be seen in pristine condition - the bright white surfaces and the blues, reds and blacks. 

The villa is open to the public, administered by the Fondation Le Corbusier, which is based in the adjoining Villa Jeanneret at 8 square du Docteur-Blanche. For visiting hours please call +33 1 42 88 41 53 or visit

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 La Roche at the end (and the Villa Jeanneret on your right just before it). 

Books and other web sites

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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.


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