Built between 1931 and 1934, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret designed and built an apartment building on the south side of Paris that included a two-story penthouse for a studio and apartment. Corbu and his wife bought the penthouse, and Corbu painted and lived there until he died in 1965. "It was dangerous for me to go live in a building of my own," he noted later, but loved it (whew!). I couldn't find much written about the building, so you'll just have to simply enjoy the photos. Note that Charlotte Perriand designed the kitchen cabinets and that the kitchen countertops were inspired by a mortician's table.
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We were fortunate in that we visited on the last weekend the apartment was open before undergoing over a year of restorations.
Details on visiting are here.
ground floor entrance
detail of a Corbu journal page
Looking up the light well from the ground floor
heading up the stairs
Entering the front door reveals Corbu's painting studio. The limestone and brick are from the pre-existing wall of the neighboring building.
Corbu in the studio
shoe and dog washing basin at entry
heading from the studio to the master bedroom
The master bedroom is off the studio behind a moveable wall where the dresser moves with the wall (view from within the bedroom).
Corbu made the bed unusually tall such that he and his wife could see over the balcony railing.
view from the bed out the window
where Corbu pooped
facing towards the office
massive pivot door marking the transition from the studio/entry to the sitting room
de Stijl window box
scraping for the original wall color
Kitchen with cabs designed by Charlotte Perriand. Here are the countertops of death. The lips prevent blood from dripping everywhere; they also prevent kitchen stuff from dripping everywhere.
skylight in the kitchen
heading up the stairs...
guest apartment (with hot water heater)
Across the street is the stadium for the Paris rugby team!