The Most Beautiful Villas – 1. Villa Savoye

The Most Beautiful Villas – 1. Villa Savoye

One of the greatest personalities of modern architecture is Le Corbusier, who built a family country house near Paris and interconnected all his Five Points of Modern Architecture (Functionalism).

columns – free the ground floor for greenery and movement

free floor plan – columns carrying all floors allow to divide the space

strip windows – can be guided between columns

free facade – for free window solution

garden on a flat roof – replaces the greenery that had to retreat the house

A villa that meets these 5 points stands on the outskirts of the French capital. The villa was built between 1928 and 1931. It was originally intended as a country estate for the Savoy family. The design was entrusted to the greatest architect of the 20th century, the Swiss Le Corbusier, who was tasked with creating a pleasant family haven. There were no special demands on the part of the family, so he had all the initiative in his hands.

Although the villa is considered a masterpiece of modern architecture, it is also generally known that life in the house was not so comfortable. He failed to create a harmony that combines functionality and aesthetics.

At first glance, the view looks very airy because it rests on spectacular columns, which guarantee space for greenery and impressive entrance to the house. The columns and partitions on the villa have a mainly aesthetic function. It creates the impression of a compact yet open space. Thanks to these aspects the house is very sunny, but also ensures enough private.

There is also a natural spectacle that you will notice when you sit on the terrace, which was surrounded by flowers and plants. Strip windows, which are led from outside the villa to provide enough light into the room, also create an interesting effect. The architect also included large-format windows in the villa, which today are a big hit among new buildings.

Mrs. Savoy hated the villa. Her correspondence with the architect spanned 10 years. Despite its striking charm, the villa had many mistakes, mentioning that water was flowing through the skylights, in the summer it was extremely hot, in the winter frost. When the war came, the family moved out, but never returned to the house. The villa was supposed to be demolished, but Corbusier earned state protection for his work. The house did not really work for housing. Between 1985 and 1997 it underwent a thorough reconstruction and now welcomes visitors all year round.

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