Inside the houses that Le Corbusier built...

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret – better known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965) – was a pioneering Swiss-French architect who can be said to have invented the concept of modern architecture, including the use of reinforced concrete and the provision of open-plan living spaces.

His most famous maxims – “a house is a machine for living in,” and “modern decoration has no decoration” – referred to his use of plain white walls and ribbons of windows filling spaces with light.

Today, this seems quite conventional.

Many modern apartment buildings have plain walls devoid of picture rails, dadoes, and skirting boards; doors and windows are plain, and furniture and fittings feature clean uncluttered lines and simple shapes. It is all so familiar we hardly think about it, but when Le Corbusier first began producing these kinds of designs, it ...

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