The great pioneer of Modernist architecture, Le Corbusier has created a multitude of stunning buildings across the world – from France to India, the USA and back. Here we take a look at ten extraordinary examples of his work, which every architecture lover should know.
The colorful structure of the Palace of Justice is a prime example of Le Corbusier’s work in India. With a curving roof similar to Notre Dame du Haut, the regularity of the arcade gives the building gravity and solidity. The geometric apertures of the windows resemble traditional Indian fretwork, creating a texture that contrasts with the smooth faces and tactile curves of the roof. Red, yellow, and blue, combined with the colors of the Indian flag, complete this balanced and harmonious building.
The Palace of Assembly is the elegant counterpart to the nearby Palace of Justice. Set beside an azure pool, this busy place nevertheless evokes serenity and reflection. There is a regularity to the building, with few deviations from the design system. A flat-roofed block with rectangular windows is hidden behind a monumental facade, with a U-shaped roof piercing the severity of the concrete. More sedate than the colorful Palace of Justice, its equilibrium of form and symmetry nevertheless makes the Palace of Assembly an equally-striking building.