Fondation Le Corbusier

Address: 10 rue du Dr Blanche, Paris, 75016, France
Telephone: 01 42 88 75 72

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A Modernist must-see for architecture buffs – and it's not just white.

 If you're at all interested in architecture, then these two adjoining, Villa La Roche and Villa Jeanneret, built 1923-25, are fascinating to visit because here you can see Le Corbusier putting his ideas into practice very early in his career and because for all Paris's historical buildings it reminds of the city's place in the avant-garde at the start of the 20th century. All Le Corbusier's five principles of architecture are here – pilottis, strip windows, open-plan spaces, built-in furniture, roof-terraces, showing his mastery in creating almost sculptural spaces and volumes, playing with heights, letting light in and his ingenious, practical ideas of built-in furniture. Outside is all crisp and white, inside you can see how Le Corbusier experimented with colours on certain walls to alter the sense of volumes, along with cult items of furniture designed by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand and paintings by Le Corbusier.

Value for money

Price advice

 5 euros; free under 14s.

Expert tips

You can also visit Le Corbusier's last flat at 24 rue Nungesser et Coli (Sat only 10am-1pm, 1.30-5pm).

While in the area be sure to look at the nearby houses by Robert Mallet-Stevens on rue Mallet-Stevens.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Design and architecture