This image of a room in Villa Savoye, the Le Corbusier-designed modernist villa in the outskirts of Paris, defies notions we had previously held about the WRONGNESS of having a wall run right into a window. That is what we encountered when we bought our laboratory space; we saw it as a major design flaw, the result of the developer cutting corners. To us, it made the room feel unbalanced and closed in. Our solution was to place a mirror directly adjacent to the window, to create the illusion of a corner window.
Le Corbusier INTENDED the wall to run into the window, and then he celebrated it. He painted the wall a spectacular blue. The difference of course is that Le Corbusier’s window is a single, clean-lined volume that plays well in the geometry of the space. But it makes us wonder if there was in fact a way to EMBRACE the window we found so ugly in our laboratory.
Here’s what the room looked like when we first took possession, arriving with the things we needed for sussing the space — a folding recliner and table, stools —lashed to a cart.
Was there ANOTHER way to transform this odd, homely room into something clean, modern, Le Corbusier-inspired?
What do you think?
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