Last Friday I took off from work and went to the lakeside visiting the re-opened Pavillon Le Corbusier. Since I can stand on my own two feet, I have been passing by this amzing building several times a year without knowing at the time what an "influencer" Le Corbusier was. I fell in love with the building immediately. For a long time I did not understand "its purpose". After 2 years of restauration work, the place is back open and newly in the hands of the City of Zurich. Naturally it was full of architect fans from all over the world. If you go, please check the opening hours. It won't be open in the winter but you can always see the building from the outside. I will definitely go back doing more images. I would love to see it with snow. I had not the best light as I visited around lunch time - oh well.
Le Corbusier was born in Switzerland in the Swiss Jura in La Chaux-de-Fonds. From Wiki: [... ] Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (6 October 1887 – 27 August 1965), known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades, and he designed buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America. [...]
From the museum's website: [...] The Pavillon Le Corbusier on Lake Zurich is considered an architectural jewel. The building was initiated by Heidi Weber, who commissioned Le Corbusier and oversaw its completion in 1967. It is the last building designed by the important architect and his only building made of steel and glass. After extensive renovation, the structure now shines in new splendor and invites visitors to take a unique “architectural promenade” through its various floors. Since 2019, the pavilion is run as a public museum by the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich on behalf of the City of Zurich. [...]
Your series really shows this unique museum's attributes. The main is just lovely with the bright colors, the delightful roof and the tree reflections. The note is also fascinating. I was thinking that since Corbusier had become a French citizen, it showed great insight that Ms Weber funded a museum for him. Sadly as looked for info about this woman, I found this note about her, "For its part, the city has maintained strict silence over its controversial decision while Weber’s lawsuit is pending. Many suspect that the seemingly callous treatment of Weber is the result of long-standing resentment over her liberal political views and reputation as an ardent feminist. She was active in her country’s suffragette movement that put pressure on Switzerland to give women the right to vote in 1971 − the last Western country to do so. This may also have been the underlying reason behind the fact that Weber never received any funding − either local or federal − for her operation of the museum, which has been a national landmark since it opened its doors in 1967." Source>Source
#3 is my second favorite as in addition to the reflections & bright colors, it shows some of Corbusier's art work. #5 is next, again for the artwork. While #6 is a nicely framed compo that shows the levels of the museum . The man is an important part of this work. GLF, Pat
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plimrn (2019/06/14 16:55:14): Me tooBabaCam (2019/06/11 12:47:31): Well this is all from the press, I wouldn't know the details first hand. Maybe she might have been too involved losing the reality?plimrn (2019/06/10 22:46:59): It is good to hear all sides, but Zurich is talking typical lawyerly advice.BabaCam (2019/06/10 10:27:02): Thanks a lot, Pat. Very interesting what you found about Heidi Weber. I did not know anything about her private life. Yes indeed we have to hide our faces for how long it took that women could finally vote :-)
Ms. Weber always had or has a problem with the City of Zürich. Not sure who is to blame. I found this:
[...] In 1960, I charged Le Corbusier with designing a building for a museum. My intention was, to place the museum with my art collection as a “synthesis of the arts” in the hands of the public. When I was looking for a suitable location, the city of Zurich ceded a property at the Zürichhorn under development rights for 50 years. Right from the beginning, the city of Zurich did not stick the deal agreed between us. I had to cushion financial difficulties, namely cost overrun due to the avant-garde architecture – its unique shape, construction, materials, etc. –, which posed a huge challenge for all stakeholders. The city of Zurich however did at no time contribute a single Swiss Franc to the construction, financing, or maintenance of the building. Additionally, I had to combat objections against the building, by people who wanted to avoid it being built. [...]
What ever went wrong in her eyes, I am really glad that these times are over and we can start to enjoy the building. Glad also that she had this vision. Without her it would not stand there.
A fine contribution of this remarkable creation of this famous architect. Thanks for the exemplary note. Amazing colours in this building. Thanks for the fine series, which shows also two interesting interior images. Thanks also for the link to the museum's website.