Le corbusier notre dame du haut

Le corbusier notre dame du haut

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World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 buildings by Le Corbusier that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is the architect’s Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut, the small chapel in Ronchamp, France, that has become one of his most iconic designs.

Photograph by Flickr user MarydollIt is considered one of the most important buildings of the 20th century, and represents a key shift away from the sparse, functionalist form of Modernism that Le Corbusier displayed in his earlier projects.

Photograph by Flickr user Duncan StandridgeThe monumental curved concrete roof is a shell structure supported by columns hidden in the walls. A gap underneath allows a sliver of light to filter into the interior.

Photograph by Flickr user MarydollThree thick white walls curl inwards from the outside to create smaller chapels at the sides of the main space. Two sit on either side of the north entrance and one in the south-east corner next to the main entrance.

The interior of one of the chapels is painted bright red and the sacristy on the north side is painted violet – echoing the bright sections of colour in the architect’s Dominican Monastery of La Tourette.

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Notre-Dame du Haut (English: Our Lady of the Heights; full name in French: Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut) is a Roman Catholic chapel in Ronchamp, France. Built in 1955, it is one of the finest examples of the architecture of Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The chapel is a working religious building and is under the guardianship of the private foundation Association de l’Œuvre de Notre-Dame du Haut.[2] It attracts 80,000 visitors each year.[2]

Notre-Dame du Haut is commonly thought of as a more extreme design of Le Corbusier’s late style. Commissioned by the Association de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame du Haut, the chapel is a simple design with two entrances, a main altar, and three chapels beneath towers. Although the building is small, it is powerful and complex. The chapel is the latest of chapels at the site. The previous chapel was completely destroyed during World War II. The previous building was a 4th-century Christian chapel. At the time the new building was being constructed, Le Corbusier was not interested in Machine Age architecture; he felt that his style was more primitive and sculptural. He realized when he visited the site that he could not use mechanized means of construction, because access was too difficult.[3]

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Notre-Dame du Haut (English: Our Lady of the Heights; full name in French: Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut) is a Roman Catholic chapel in Ronchamp, France. Built in 1955, it is one of the finest examples of the architecture of Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The chapel is a working religious building and is under the guardianship of the private foundation Association de l’Œuvre de Notre-Dame du Haut.[2] It attracts 80,000 visitors each year.[2]

Notre-Dame du Haut is commonly thought of as a more extreme design of Le Corbusier’s late style. Commissioned by the Association de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame du Haut, the chapel is a simple design with two entrances, a main altar, and three chapels beneath towers. Although the building is small, it is powerful and complex. The chapel is the latest of chapels at the site. The previous chapel was completely destroyed during World War II. The previous building was a 4th-century Christian chapel. At the time the new building was being constructed, Le Corbusier was not interested in Machine Age architecture; he felt that his style was more primitive and sculptural. He realized when he visited the site that he could not use mechanized means of construction, because access was too difficult.[3]

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The poetic architecture looks at a moment where architecture surpasses itself as a concrete form and instead becomes much more than physical space. Le Corbusier’s church at Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, designed between 1950-55, was one of Le Corbusier’s poetic architecture till present. This building was one of his dramatic sculptural creations similar to his earlier works. While his earlier buildings were very rational in nature, Le Corbusier was never a materialist, rather he was a poet. He is recognized today as one of the most influential and valued architects of the twentieth century.

The chapel owes its form to its interaction with the landscape. Every facade responds to various attitudes: reception, celebration, service, symbolism. The sculptural character of the roof dramatizes the strength and the mutability of the concrete to create organic volumes. Both of these elements work together to create a magical and intense interior space in which light is the character.

The lack of ornamental detail helps the building to truly exist as a sacred space without any interference from the tourists and worshippers. Suffering from a lack of mass-produced materials, the structure is pure and basic, demonstrating the way of life sought by those who came to the chapel.

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