Maison Planeix
24 bis, boulevard Masséna
75013 Paris

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret 1928

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 monuments.

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).

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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