Design Icon: 10 Influential Works by Le Corbusier
The Swiss-French architect pushed the boundaries of 20th-century design with innovative forms, materials, and new theories to define modern architecture.
In 1923 when Le Corbusier published his tome, Vers une Architecture ("Toward a New Architecture"), the Swiss-French architect, born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, famously declared: "A house is a machine for living in." He elaborated—that by living in efficient houses, we can be both more productive and more comfortable, stating that good engineering can achieve harmony and beauty. One look through the renowned architect and designer’s works will prove just that. Here are 10 celebrated buildings by Le Corbusier, who was a pioneer of modern architecture and a leader of the International Style. (Many of these influential works were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2016.)
Maison La Roche-Jeanneret
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Villa Le Lac
La Plata, Argentina
Notre-Dame du Haut