Zürich 2019 – Pavilion Le Corbusier – the latest building designed by the father of modernist architecture – has opened its doors to the public in Zürich. The Mondrian-like architectural masterpiece will be used as an exhibition venue for presenting Le Corbusier’s work and ideas.
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Pavillon Le Corbusier was originaly commissioned by gallerist Heidi Weber and opened in 1967. On behalf of Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg worked on a meticulous renovation of the iconic landmark status structure to return it to its former glory.
Visitors can now wander through the rooms and discover the venue at their own pace. Across some 600 square meters and 4 stories, the pavilion offers various perspectives and vantage points, starting from the outside view from the garden.
The façade is formed of large enamel panels painted in white and primary colours, and is topped by a roof terrace accessed by a concrete ramp and sheltered by a distinctive free-floating canopy. Large windows allow to see the interiors and to integrate views of the surrounding park panorama from the inside.
On the inside, the walls are paneled with a wood veneer and every last detail was designed by Le Corbusier — everything from a sculptural free-standing concrete staircase to an hourglassed-shaped bronze recessed door handle.
A sculptural free-standing concrete staircase zigzags through the centre of the building. On the ground floor, a chrome cockpit-style micro kitchen with built-in shelves occupies a corner of the pavilion.
Le Corbusier’s furniture, some of it permanently installed, is spread throughout the pavilion, demonstrating its second designation as a residence and inviting visitors to linger. The first floor features some of Le Corbusier’s iconic furnitures such as the cubic LC2 armchair and the LC4 chaise lounge for Cassina.
The roof was put in first to shelter the rest of the construction process. Steel frames with a modular design were assembled underneath, then the walls, floors, windows and doors were fixed into place with 20,000 steel bolts.
In the underground level visitors can discover notes, drawings, postcards and memorabilia collected by Heidi Weber as well well as watch a documentary about the architect’s way of working and International journeys and core values.
All photos: courtesy of Museum für Gestaltung.
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