The Cloister – Le Corbusier

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The Cloister (Le Couvent De La Tourette) is a monastery built in 1953-60 by Le Corbusier for the Dominican Order in France for monastic students.

Here are four core principles by Le Corbusier

Take a house and free the ground floor from the grip of the soil, increase the garden area
Free the roof by making it into a terrace,
Long live the free plan in the wall which no longer needed, the concrete slab of upper floor are supported on stilts
Long lived the free facade that support nothing, glass can used in total freedom

In summary Corbusier’s idea of a modern house was to maximise the functionality of the building as well as harmonise the building with the environment.

The smooth concrete for mediating and study, the building line up perfectly with the horizon to maximise the beauty of the view. The geometry shapes in the middle are apparently for the mediating as well as defining the church area. The top is flat so you can have a garden at the roof. The building is raise above the the ground so that you can have move public space outside. It was also interesting to find out the window and concrete was made out of a musical pattern by one of his co-worker who was a musician. The pattern provide a mediating experience that will guide the guest. For the room with privacy concern thinner concrete are placed close proximity and wide glass is used for the lecture rooms where light is the utmost importance.

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