Villa Le Lac
21 route de Lavaux
Le Corbusier and Pierre
Le Corbusier built the Villa Le
Lac for his parents to live in. His mother continued to do so until she
died in 1960 at the age of 101, and his brother lived their until 1973. It
is the smallest and simplest of the white villas Le Corbusier designed, to
fit with his parents limited budget; indeed it no longer appears as a
white villa, because structural problems caused by the lake, the cellar
and the cheap building materials drove Le Corbusier to face the exterior
in aluminum in the 1950s.
The Villa Le Lac is Le
Corbusier's first Modern building in his native Switzerland, and his first
use of the long horizontal window, running here the whole length of the
sitting room and semi-open-plan bedroom and bathroom to take advantage of
the lakeside view. While the sitting room enjoys this open panorama, it is
the garden that has its view of the lake framed by a square window opening
in the stone wall.
The villa has an economical plan
with no corridor space, designed to meet the needs of two people without
servants. The whole living quarters, including guest bedroom, are
efficiently packed into a 15m x 4m space. Unconventionally, Le Corbusier
had designed this plan for the Villa before finding the site, and carried
it with him in search of the right place to build.
An additional bedroom and
front wall were added later when a new road was built in front of the
property, requiring protection from noise and the providing the
opportunity to expand onto the track that had previously provided
Simon Glynn 2002 (updated 2010)
How to visit
The Villa Le Lac is on the west
edge of Vevey, on route de Lavaux, the road leading out of town beyond the
Nestlé headquarters building. The villa is shortly on your left, car
parking is signposted just beyond. On foot it is around 15 minutes from
the center of Vevey.
The villa is open to the public,
on Monday from 9am to 12pm and on Wednesday from 1.30 pm to 5 pm from April to October. Admission is CHF 10 per person. It can be visited at other times by
appointment, but with a minimum party cost of CHF 100.
To check opening times please call +41 79 829 63 08 or email email@example.com.
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