Guest Notes for Episode 292: Le Corbusier Sites in Paris

Categories: Arts & Architecture, Paris

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Discussed in this Episode

  • Charlotte Perriand exhibit at the Louis Vuiton Museum in Paris [02:42]
  • Visiting the Pompidou Center with a teenager [05:37]
  • Le Corbusier sites in the 15th arrondissement [08:48]
  • Le Corbusier as a controversial figure [13:42]
  • What Le Corbusier and Haussmann have in common [15:57]
  • L'Esprit Nouveau Magazine [16:22]
  • Le Corbusier didn't train to be an architect! [18:26]
  • Problems with Le Corbusier buildings [19:48]
  • Immeuble Molitor in Boulogne-Billancourt his private residence [21:36]
  • Maison Cook {22:46]
  • Villa Savoye in Poissy [25:10]
  • Take note if you're going to be driving in Paris! [25:43]
  • Le Corbusier influenced thousands who came after him [32:30]
  • In the 13th and 14th arrondissement [33:19]
  • Not ideal for teenagers unless you use the Flash Invader App [34:43]
  • Using the VoiceMap App [36:28]
  • Not to miss inside of Saint Germain des Près Church [31:01]
  • David likes Saint Germain better than the Marais now that's he's tried both [38:19]
  • Go inside the stores that are recommended on the tour! [38:49]
  • Speaking some French is a big plus even if it's not necessary [40:10]

You can download David’s day-by-day plan here. It lists transportation options, restaurant recommendations, addresses, etc.

 

GENERAL CORBUSIER BACKGROUND/BIOGRAPHY
-BORN IN 1887, NEE CHARLES-EDOUARD JEANNERET IN SWITZERLAND IN 1887
-1914 DEVELOPS “MAISON DOM-INO” PROTOTYPE FOR MODERN HOUSE THAT DOES NOT RELY ON WALLS FOR STRUCTURE
-1917, OPENS HIS FIRST PARIS ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
-BECOMES FRIENDS WITH LEGER, PICASSO, BRAQUE, GRIS, OZENFANT
-1920, ADOPTS THE PSEUDONYM “LE CORBUSIER” FROM HIS MATERNAL GRANDFATHER LECORBESIER
-1922, STARTS ARCHITECTURAL PARTNERSHIP WITH PIERRE JEANNERET
-1923, PUBLISHES “VERS UNE ARCHITECTURE”, MIS-TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH AS “TOWARDS A NEW ARCHITECTURE”
– 5 POINTS OF ARCHITECTURE (BEST REPRESENTED BY THE VILLA SAVOYE); 1. PILOTIS, OR A GRID OF COLUMNS; 2. FREE DESIGN OF THE FLOORPLAN; 3. FREE DESIG OF THE FAÇADE (EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING DOES NOT HAVE TO CORRESPOND TO INTERIOR ROOMS OR FUNCTIONS); 4. HORIZONTAL (RIBBON) WINDOWS 5. ROOF GARDENS
-1925, MEETS GERTRUDE STEIN, WILL LATER BUILD THE VILLA STEIN, SOUTH OF PARIS (UNFORTUNATELY NOW CONVERTED TO CONDOS)
-1930 BECOMES FRENCH
DAY # DATE ARRON. LE CORBUSIER NON-CORBUSIER ACTIVITIES RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND LOCAL ATTRACTIONS NOTES
1 2/15/20 1ST/7TH
DROPPED OFF OUR LUGGAGE AT HOTEL MONTALEMBERT 3 RUE MONTALEMBERT HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL- GREAT LOCATION; GREAT STAFF (ROOMS A BIT SMALL, BEDS A BIT HARD; ROOM SERVICE EXPENSIVE, BUT WOULD STAY HERE AGAIN IN A MINUTE)
WALK TUILERIE GARDENS TO GRAND PALAIS AND BACK HERMES FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORE, BISTRO FRANCOIS FELIX DISCOVERED ROOM AT BACK OF HERMES THAT SELLS ONE OF A KIND GIFT ITEMS UNDER/AROUND $200/EUROS
WALK ST GERMAIN DE PRES- RUE DE BAC TO LA GRANDE EPICERIE LUNCH AT LA TABLE, LA GRANDE EPICERIE
EXPLORE DEYROLLE
NAP
DINNER AT LES DEUX MAGOTS
2 2/16/20 7TH/14TH
RUE CLARE FOR BRUNCH L’ECLAIR FOR BRUNCH – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HUGE “AMERICAN STYLE” PRIX FIX BRUNCH, 32 RUE CLER
TOUR OF ART NOUVEAU IN THE 7TH 29 AVENUE RAPP, 12 RUE SEDILLOT, 33 RUE CHAMPS DE MARS, 151 RUE DE GRENELLE JULES LAVIOTTE, OCTAVE RAQUIN, ARCHITECTS
STOPPED BE THE MUSEE RODIN SKIPPED, HIGH WINDS HAD GARDENS CLOSED
CAB TO FONDATION GIACOMETTI, 5 RUE VICTOR SCHOELCHER HOUSED IN AN AMAZING ABUILDNG BY PAUL FOLLOT THAT TRANSISTIONS BETWEEN ART NOUVEAU AND DECO
CAB TO CENTRE POMPIDOU REFRESHMENTS AT BRASSERIE GEORGE ROOF TERRACE GREAT VIEWS, OBVIOUSLY
TOURED MODERN ART MUSEUM AT CP WE ENJOYED THE 4TH FLOOR MORE THAN THE 5TH
BRANCUSI STUDIO AT CENTRE POMPIPDOU RENZO PIANO, ARCHITECT; FREE ADMISSION
WALK TO MARAIS FOR DINNER CHEZ ROBERT ET LOUIS, 64 RUE VIELLE DU TEMPLE RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED
WALK HOME PAST NOTRE DAME
RAIN- DUCKED INTO CAFÉ DE PARIS CAFÉ DE PARIS, CALIFORNIA BLISS FROZEN YOGURT, 10 RUE DE BUCI
3 2/17/20 16TH
WENT TO CRAVAN FOR COFFEE CRAVAN, 17 RUE JEAN DE LA FONTAINE ALTHOUGH LE FOODING LISTS THIS AS OPEN FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH, IT WAS CLOSED, AND FURTHER RESEARCHED SHOWED IT WAS ONLY OPEN AT 6 FOR COCKTAILS
LUNCH AT LES ONDES, 2 AVENUE DE VERSAILLES SEEMED TO BE POPULAR WITH LOCALS, WAIT STAFF SPOKE MOSTLY FRENCH; NOT OUR FAVOURITE  MEAL
WALKED TO CORBUSIER’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE AND ATELIER DOWN RUE JEAN DE LA FONTAINE #’S 14, 17,19, 21, AND 60; HECTOR GUIMARD’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE IS AT 122 AVENUE MOZART IF YOU START OUT AT THE LC MAISON ROCHE/JEANERRET, AND WALK DOWN THE RUE JEAN DE LA FONTAINE, YOU WALK PAST MANY BUILDINGS DESIGNED BY HECTOR GUIMARD, ARCHITECT OF THE PARIS METRO STOPS
VISITED LE CORBUSIER’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE AND ATELIER, L’IMMEUBLE MOLITOR, 24 RUE NUNGESSER ET COLI, COMPLETED 1934. HE LIVED HERE UNTIL 1965 (DEATH); BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT OPEN SATURDAY, MONDAY, AND TUESDAY ONLY; CHECK FONDATION LE CORBUSIER WEBSITE FOR HOURS; VISITORS NEED TO RING IN; WALK STAIRS TO 7TH FLOOR; NO ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED; 10 EUROS, 15 EUROS WITH JOINT TICKET TO MAISON ROCHE
WALKED TO VILLA COOK, COMPLETED 1926, 6 RUE DENFERT ROCHEREAU; BOULOGNE SUR SEINE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT WELL WORTH A VIIT TO SEE FROM THE OUTSIDE; IN A STRING OF BUILDINGS BY OTHER CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTS; INCLUDING ROBERT MALLET STEVENS AND RAYMOND FISCHER
WALKED TO AND VISITED THE MAISON ROCHE, 10, SQUARE DU DOCTEUR BLANCHE 10 EUROS FOR ADMISSION, OR JOINT TICKET WITH IMMEUBLE MOLITOR; NO ADVANCE RESERVATIONS NEEDED (EXCEPT FOR GROUPS OF 10); ADJACENT TO MAISON JEANNERET (NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC); CLOSED SUNDAYS
SEE NOTE SIDE NOTE TO ABOVE: A FEW BLOCKS TO THE NORTH OF THESE TWO HOUSES IS THE RUE MALLET STEVENS, WHICH HAS A COLLECTION OF HOUSES BY ROBERT MALLET-STEVENS
UBER TO THE HOTEL; DINNER FROM MONOPRIX
4 2/18/20 N/A
LET THE GUYS SLEEP IN; TOOK THE JUIF AUDIO TOUR OR SGDP
RENTED CAR FROM EUROPECAR GARE DES INVALIDES PARKING Q-PARK; 43 QUAI D’ORSAY NIVEAU-1 IF WE HAD GOTTEN UP EARLIER, I WOULD HAVE RENTED A CAR AT THE EDGE OF TOWN TO AVOID HAVING TO DRIVE THROUGH THE ETOILE- HOPEFULLY THE LAST TIME WE WILL EVER DO THIS; VILLA SAVOYE IS ALSO ACCESSIBLE BY TRAIN/BUS; OR YOU CAN HIRE AN UBER FOR 38 EUROS; WE OPTED FOR A CAR SO WE COULD MAKE THE MOST OF OUR DAY OUTSIDE PARIS; ALSO CAR RENTALS CLOSE FOR LUNCH BETWEEN 12-2
DRIVE TO POISSY; VISIT VILLA SAVOYE PARKING ACROSS THE STREET; ENTRY THROUGH GARDEN WALL; LC’S MASTERPIECE FROM THIS PERIOD OF HIS CAREER. WELL WORTH THE VISIT; LESS THAN 30 MINUTES FROM PARIS BY CAR/45 MINUTES BY PUBLIC TRANSIT, DISCUSS SCULPTURAL/SPATIAL MASTERPIECE, PUSHING TECHNOLOGY PAST ITS LIMIT
ON THE WAY BACK TO TOWN, DECIDED ON A LARK TO GO TO VERSAILLES, AS IT WAS LESS THAN 30 MINUTES AWAY
LUNCH AT RESTAURANT ORE, ALAIN DUCASSE’S RESTAURANT SPECIAL OCCASION RESTAURANT, BUT WELL WORTH IT- EXCELLENT FOOD, BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDING; VIEWS OF CENTRAL COURT OF VERSAILLES
WALK THE GARDENS OF VERSAILLES WALKED FROM MAIN CHATEAU TO GRAND AND PETITE TRIANONS
DRIVE HOME; RETURN CAR; DINNER AT HUGUETTE BISTRO, SAINT GERMAIN DE PRES
5 2/19/20 16TH/7TH/1ST
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND SHOW AT THE FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON CHARLOTTE PERRIAND WAS THE HEAD OF INTERIOR DESIGN FOR LE CORBUSIER’S OFFICE; SHE DESIGNED MANY OF THE PIECES OF FURNITURE THAT ARE OFTEN ATTRIBUTED TO HIM
LUNCH AT LES OMBRES, ROOF OF QUAI BRANLY MUSEE PANORAMIC VIEW OF PARIS; UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW OF LA TOUR EIFFEL; SPECAL OCCASION RESTAURANT PRIX FIXE LUNCH 46 EUROS/PERSON
SHOPPING IN THE 1ST
WALK PAST UNESCO TO PADD EQUESTRIAN STORE
DINNER AT HOTEL FROM MONOPRIX
6 2/20/20 13TH/14TH/2ND/7TH/6TH
LET GUYS SLEEP IN; TOOK 7:30 UBER TO CITE INTERNATIONALE UNIVERSITAIRE DE PARIS
VISITED AND PHOTOGRAPHED THE PAVILLON SUISSE 1930-31, 7K BOULEVARD JOURDAN CAN SEE THE INTERIOR FOR 1 EURO; PROBABLY NEED TO SPEAK FRENCH TO DO SO (I SKIPPED THE INTERIOR HERE); DISCUSS LE CORBUSIER PUSHING TECHNOLOGY TO ITS LIMIT
VISITED AND PHOTOGRAPHED THE MAISON DU BRESIL 1957, 7 L BOULEVARD JOURDAN CAN TOUR THE INTERIOR FOR 2 EUROS, NEITHER THE JANITOR NOR BUILDING MANAGER SPEAK ENGLISH, SOS FRENCH REALLY CAME IN HANDY; WAS STARTED BY ARCHITECT LUCIO COSTA, WHO RELINQUISHED AUTHORSHIP TO LE CORBUSIER TO FINISH
UBER TO CITE DE REFUGE UBER MAP WAS NOT SHOWING ME IN THE CORRECT LOCATION; FIRST UBER DRIVER DROPPED ME; IF I DIDN’T SPEAK FRENCH, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CALL SECOND UBER DRIVER TO LET HIM KNOW WHERE I WAS, SINCE NEITHER DRIVER SPOKE ENGLISH
VISITED CITE DE REFUGE 1933, 12 RUE CANTAGREL INTERIOR VISIT BY APPOINTMENT; PROBABLY THE MOST SPECTACULAR BUILDING ON THE TOUR (NOT IN THE GREATEST AREA OF TOWN, THOUGH)
UBER BACK TO HOTEL TO MEET THE GUYS
RODIN MUSEUM
UBER TO LUNCH AT FRENCHIE, 5 RUE NILE HIGHY RECOMMENDED SPECIAL OCCASION RESTAURANT; SPECTACULAR FOOD, AMAZING STAFF
WALK BACK TO HOTEL; DROP ZANE AT HOTEL
SHOW MICHAEL THE JUIF TOUR OF SAINT GERMAIN DE PRES AND FINISH TOUR
SAY GOOD NIGHT ANY FAREWELL TO PARIS 43 UP ON THE ROOF, 4 RUE DANTON 360 DEGREE VIEWS OF PARIS; ON THE ROOF OF THE HOLIDAY INN; EVEN THOUGH THE BAR DOES NOT OPEN UNTIL MAY, THE GROUND FLOOR BARTENDER OPENED THE ELEVATOR FOR US SO WE COULD GO UP- HAD THE ROOF TO OURSELVES; IF YOU’RE NOT A GUEST OF THE HOTEL, YOU NEED CLEARANCE FROM T HE GROUND FLOOR BARTENDER EVEN IN SEASON
ADDITIONAL LE CORBUSIER SITES IN PARIS, NOT VISITED
14TH MAISON-ATELIER OZENFANT EARLY CORBUSIER VILLA; PRIVATE RESIDENCE; NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
14TH MAISON PLANEIX ANOTHER EARLY WORK; PRIVATE RESIDENCE, NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
16TH CITE DE L’ARCHITECTURE ET DU PATRIMOINE FULL SCALE RECONSTRUCTION, TYPE E2 APARTMENT, UNITE D’HABITATION (MARSEILLE)
UNBUILT LE CORBUSIER PROJECTS, PARIS
3RD PLAN VOISIN, 1925 WOULD HAVE BULLDOZED THE MARAIS IN FAVOR OF HIS PLAN
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