Friday, March 22, 2013

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye

In the traditional sense of modern art, there is a somewhat paradox created between the concept of fluidity and contrast. Artists create architecture and art that is more streamlined than the traditional, intricate details of styles past. They get rid of almost all that is extra especially in modern architecture. Colors are generally solid and there is a limited amount of blurring of lines and more often than not things are quite simple. However in with this simplicity are hard lines and unexpected designs. The merging of both concepts creates an interesting juxtaposition in the approachable-ness of these creations.  Often, the goals of streamlined simplicity can conflict with those of utilitarian practice. For example, in Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, Poissy, the general shape and features of the house are plain and the fluidity of the white in the design carries through to make a somewhat clean cut design. However, within that design Le Corbusier made the lower part of the house open to facilitate a car driving around and parking underneath the house. Of course, in order to accomplish this, he had to implement poles supporting the house which as a result divided up the line of sight in the exterior of the house, and the streamlined white blanket of a structure resultingly got broken up, allowing the surroundings of the forest, grass and sky to become essential aspects within viewing the house. In further studies, it will be interesting to see how architects and artists look to settle further this dispute between environment, creation, and utilitarianism. Le Corbusier's house was a start, but architecture certainly has reached new levels of balance in the years following Villa Savoye. 

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