|A stolen moment. I caught a glimpse of this girl peering out a window of Corbusier's Villa La Roche, making a sketch of something across the alley. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Villa Savoye in Poissy, France. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Elevated courtyard at the Villa Savoye. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Living area of the Villa Savoye. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Sculptural staircase in the Villa Savoye. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Photo ©Darren Bradley
But there are many buildings by Le Corbusier around Paris, and others are even open to the public, as well. For example, a smaller, more urban that predates his Villa Savoye is the townhouse of Mr. La Roche, a Swiss banker and collector of avant-garde art. You can see many of the same themes here that would later be further developed for the Villa Savoye.
|Villa La Roche by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret (1923-25). Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Interior atrium of Villa La Roche. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Art gallery in the home of Raoul La Roche. Charlotte Perriand collaborated closely with Le Corbusier for the interior design, furniture, and subsequent additions/renovations. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Art gallery for the Villa La Roche. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|This woman kept photobombing my shots! ;-) Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Appartement-atelier Le Corbusier next to the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|What can you say? The man enjoyed a good spiral staircase. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Dining / living area with views to Paris's northern suburbs. The crane probably wasn't there at the time. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|The tiny kitchen. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Tiny, Japanese style sitting tub and washing area, en suite to the bedroom. I like the door cut out for the bathroom, but the top of it is only about 5-feet high. Photo ©Darren Bradley
Also more or less in my old neighborhood in Paris is the Salvation Army building. Notwithstanding the poor photo of it, you get the idea... It's in rough shape and in need of restauration. But given that it's a homeless shelter, I'm sure that every cent they have goes to taking care of people, which is admirable.
|This is a tough place to photograph and the years have not been kind to it. Photo ©Darren Bradley
Of course, I haven't forgotten about Le Corbusier's two most celebrated works - the convent at Sainte Marie de la Tourette and the monastery chapel at Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp. I know it's strange, since I spent a lot of time in Lyon (near La Tourette) and Switzerland (near Ronchamp). But I've just not had a chance to visit those places yet, myself. Hopefully soon for an upcoming trip.
I'll also mention that my friend, the very talented architectural photographer Boris Feldblyum, reminded me that there is currently an exhibit at the MOMA on Le Corbusier. I haven't seen it but it looks interesting.