L'œuvre architecturale de Le Corbusier,
une contribution exceptionnelle
au mouvement moderne
Serie
Maisons La Roche
et Jeanneret
Address:
Fondation Le Corbusier
8 – 10, square du Docteur Blanche
75016 Paris, France

Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret, 1923

Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret are the first expression of Purism in architecture.

Maisons La Roche and Jeanneret are two terraced houses enclosed in a verdant cul-de-sac in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. Although conceived as a single architectural ensemble, they were not part of the same programme: Maison La Roche was intended for a wealthy collector who was also a bachelor, while Maison Jeanneret was designed to meet the needs of a couple with three children.
Designed when Le Corbusier was publishing Towards an Architecture and three years after the publication of the Manifesto of Purism (1919), the La Roche and Jeanneret houses concretize the coming together of Purist painting and the beginnings of modern architecture.
Maison La Roche is also a pioneering building in terms of spatial innovation. Le Corbusier revolutionised interior space, developing what he calls the “architectural promenade”, also presented as the fourth, or space/time, dimension.
The use of colour, still very rare in 1923, apart from the experiments of the De Stjil movement in the Netherlands, also contributes to this new perception of space. Here Le Corbusier applies an architectural polychromy resulting from Purist theories.
Brought together in one and the same architectural ensemble of pure geometric forms devoid of all decoration,  in 1923 Maisons La Roche and Jeanneret represented a unique avant-garde work in France. The rooftop terrace, accessible and transformed into a hanging garden, further illustrates the radical nature of this composition. Here, very early in the history of architecture, are laid the foundations of the new modern architecture: pure geometric shapes, absence of decoration, pilotis, roof terrace, ribbon windows. All these points were theorised by Le Corbusier in the Manifesto of the Five Points for a New Architecture in 1926.

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Perspective drawing of the building (unrealised project)
Plan FLC15111

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Drawing plan of  2nd floor with captions
Plan FLC 15175

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Facade elevation, study drawing
Plan FLC 30857

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Interior and exterior perspectives
Plan FLC15135A

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Study drawing, interior perspective of the gallery
Plan FLC 15290

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Study sketch, interior perspective composed by 2 overlay layers
Plan FLC 15251

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Golden book of Maison La Roche
Visitors book of Raoul La Roche
Archives FLC E2(7)159

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Archives P5(1)207

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Interiors of Maison Jeanneret
Planche de L’Architecture vivante, Fall 1927
Editions Albert Morancé

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Unknown photographer
FLC L2(12)26

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Ph. Boissonnas
FLC L2(12)40

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

The roof top
Ph. Charles Gérard
FLC L2(12)55

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

The bedroom “Chambre puriste”
Ph. Boissonnas
FLC L2(12)145

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Facade square du Docteur Blanche
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Facade of Maison La Roche
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Facade of Maison Jeanneret
Ph. Cemal Emden

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

The roof top
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

The roof top
Ph. Cemal Emden

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et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Interior detail of Maison Jeanneret
Ph. Cemal Emden

Maisons La Roche
et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Interior of Maison La Roche
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Maisons La Roche
et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

The painting gallery
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Maisons La Roche
et Jeanneret
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret

Interior detail of Maison La Roche
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

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