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Villa La Roche : Modern House in Paris
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Villa La Roche, Paris
Date built: 1925
Architect: Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret
Location: Paris, France
The facades and the garden of the Maisons La Roche and Jeanneret houses are currently being restored.
During the renovation, the Maison La Roche remains open to the public, though some external parts are concealed by scaffolding.
Designed by Le Corbusier as a home for Raoul La Roche, a Swiss banker and collector of avant-garde art.
Photographs of Maison La Roche – Fondation Le Corbusier © Karavan – for e-architect
Villa La Roche Paris
Hall and landing
Villa La Roche
10 square du Docteur-Blanche
75016 Paris, France
Villa La Roche in Paris
Villa La Roche is a good example of Le Corbusier’s architecture. Designed for a Swiss banker and art collector. The entire building is an art gallery, an ‘architectural promenade’ – a theme inspired by Le Corbusier’s visit to the Acropolis in 1911 and repeated for the Visual Arts nearly forty years later.
Charles Jencks describes the promenade:
“Open the door, go under a bridge, and the tight space explodes upwards and through punched-out voids that are mysteriously backlit. Go across the triple-height space, look at the Purist paintings, one of which you now seem to be moving through, turn left up a stair, and survey the pure prisms from a balcony”…”Catch your breath, turn around, and proceed to the culmination, La Roche’s curved gallery…Mount the brown ramp to the left, to Le Roche’s aerie, his top-lit library. The spatial sequence is remarkable and remained a constant preoccupation of Le Corbusier. It also became the stock in trade of subsequent Modern architects.”
Villa La Roche has been thoroughly restored and can be seen in pristine condition – the bright white surfaces and the blues, reds and blacks. The villa is open to the public, administered by the Fondation Le Corbusier, which is based in the adjoining Villa Jeanneret at 8 square du Docteur-Blanche. For visiting hours please call +33 1 42 88 41 53. The villa is ten minutes’ walk west of Jasmin metro station on Line 9. From the metro station follow rue Jasmin (direction south-west) to the end, turn right onto rue Raffet, then right again onto rue du Docteur Blanche. Square du Docteur-Blance is a private square behind wrought iron gates shortly on your right, with the Villa La Roche at the end (and the Villa Jeanneret on your right just before it).
Library ; view across walk bridge towards dining room
Villa La Roche photos © Karavan, 11 Jun 2011
Villa La Roche architect : Le Corbusier
8 € : Full rate
5 € : Reduced rate (upon presentation of valid proof of entitlement): Students, job applicants.
Free (upon presentation of valid proof of entitlement) :
press pass, disabled person identification card (with guest or helper), tour guide, International Council on Monuments and Sites, less than 14 years of age
Groupe : 5 € / person (Limited to 15 people)
Combined ticket “La Roche House and Le Corbusier’s studio-apartment” : 12 €
The combined ticket may be purchased in both places.
Groups are required to make a reservation
Guided tours of the La Roche House are offered to the public and take place at the following times each week. These tours are reserved for individual visitors only.
Limited to 10 people. By reservation :
Telephone : 01.42.88.75.72
Admission: free upon presentation of valid entrance tickets
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