24 bis, boulevard Masséna
Le Corbusier and Pierre
The Maison Planeix is a
perfectly proportioned, squat terrace house that is at once grand in the symmetry of its
entrance, balcony and overall facade, and modest in its scale and
materials. It was built for Antonin Planeix, a sculptor of funerary
Le Corbusier 'used the formula
"une maison/un palais" - "a house/a palace." He
meant... the ennoblement of a basic house type through proportion to the
point where it achieved monumentality... If there is a single Le
Corbusier house of the 1920s that really deserves the description "une
maison, un palais", it must surely be the Maison Planeix of 1924-8.
This stands on the avenue Masséna,
a wide and noisy street to the east end of Paris. It is a miniature
urban palace in effect and in intention: with a formal, symmetrical
facade, an entrance axis, a piano nobile, an emphasized ground
level and cornice, and even, at one stage of its design, a courtyard.'
William J.R. Curtis, Le
Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, 1986
Simon Glynn 2001
How to visit
The Maison Planeix is a private
house. It can be seen from the street, or inside by prior appointment
only: call +33 1 45 83 73 50.
Take the metro line 7 to Porte
d'Ivry. Leaving the station walk East along boulevard Masséna. You will
find the Maison Planeix in the middle of a terrace in a few hundred meters
on your left (North side of the road).
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