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Report - Le Corbusier's Convent De La Tourette, Lyon, France. 30.12.08

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Gorecki, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Gorecki

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    La Tourette was built as a Dominican priest school. This meant to Corbusier that he had to design a machine to enable one hundred men to live together in a community with strict rules – men who prepare for their priesthood by study and meditation. Dominican rules and daily routines got to be the basis for the program. There is a balance between work and prayer, solitude and forgathering. Corbusier successfully created a silent place of meditation, study and peace.

    Concrete cracking, defective insulation and dangerously installed electricity, calls for a complete restoration of La Tourette.
    It's now closed and I visited here a few days ago. Not a soul was to be seen. It was silent and beautiful. I studied Le Corbusier when I was an architect student and I fell in love with his brutalism style. I was happy to be here =]

    I did not get into the convent itself, but things were lying about from a clear out inside I presume, broken windows and even some graffiti in places. People had seemed to stopped caring for it. Not what I expected coming from one of Le Corbusier's most famous buildings :/

    Anyways, hope you like the pictures... I'm sure if this was in the UK it would be described as an "eyesore".













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