The Villa Savoye was designed by the very renowned Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in 1928. We have previously visited one of their villas in Paris. This villa is a short journey outside of Paris. It was the 'weekender' for the Savoye family. In designing this home (they were given absolute 'carte blanche' by the Savoyes) Le Corbusier applied his five points for a new architecture - the house would be built on piles (so that the house would appear to 'float' in the landscape). It would have to have a 'sky garden', open plan living, free facade (that is no ornamentation - and it had to be WHITE) and strip windows! I took at least 100 photos inside and outside - I will share only a few of them with you.
At long last I have arrived at this Villa! We always have such a full programme when we come to Paris, and this trip I had determined that we would travel out to see this villa, before doing anything else in Paris. It had top priority! When you enter the property , you do not see the front entrance to the villa.
This is the front entrance to the villa.
This photo of the circular staircase was taken on the ground floor. It goes up through the house and also descends into a cellar.
There is also a ramp that you can use instead of the circular staircase. This will take you up to the 'sky garden' or solarium - sun baking was considered a healthy pursuit!
The kitchen looks spartan by today's standards, but it was intended to be purely functional.
This open plan living room is vast. I have only photographed it from the centre of the room because they had some very bizarre objects in the room which I wanted to avoid but I have noticed that I was not entirely successful. They were setting up for a function when we arrived - maybe these objects have just been installed for whatever???? I was disappointed though that they have not furnished the villa with the furniture that these two men designed, as has been done in the villa that we visited in Paris. Notice the strip lighting - could be very NOW!
This is the courtyard which opens off the open plan living room. It also extends up to the Savoye's private domain.
This is one of the most photographed bathrooms ever! This is in the Savoye's private domain.
This is the corridor that leads to the son's and the guest's bedroom, plus bathroom.