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Le Corbusier, Palais des Congrès, Strasbourg, 1964. |

| | Palais des Congrès à Strasbourg
Although the buildings possesses a large footprint, it manifests a shallow profile. The building is essentially a large box raised on pilotis, the same motif as the Villa Savoye and the Governor's Palace. The building is greatly enhanced by two monumental ramps--the entrance ramp and an interior/exterior ramp that connects the main with the upper floor and ultimately with the roof garden. The ramps themselves are of the scale of automobile highway on and off ramps. The other large scale elements on the exterior are the service elevator and the large graphics "embossed" on the elevations of the raised box.

Another scale lesson can be gleamed from the layout of the main level. Here Le Corbusier places many spaces/functions within one grand and open loft space, whereby the entire main floor is composed of many smaller elements, thus creating a microcosm of urban-centeredness. Perhaps the main floor of Strasbourg is a manifestation of Le Corbusier's idea of modern microcosm, i.e., free forms dispersed throughout a Cartesian order. (Perhaps I should reread that "Grid" article in Oppositions.)

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Le Corbusier, Hotels at the Palais des Congrès, Strasbourg, 1964. |

Le Corbusier's
Palais des Congrès à Strasbourg 1964

'constructed' by means of a 3-dimensional computer model

Based on drawings in the Le Corbusier Archive, The Palais des Congrès à Strasbourg (Congress Hall in Strasbourg), 1964, has been 3-dimensionally 'constructed' and documented in a series of unbound, ink on mylar plates and a set of 20 color slides.

The 12 plates contain text and numerous drawings which record the interior and the exterior of the building and its context from a variety of vantage points and angles, plus includes a comparative analysis showing the projects relationship to the Villa Savoye, the Villa at Garches and selected buildings by John Hejduk and James Stirling.

The set of 20 slides illustrate, in color and with shadows, the building and its context from the same vantage points and angles as the drawings.

A supplemental set of 20 slides illustrating the Villa Savoye, the Villa at Garches and selected buildings by John Hejduk and James Stirling coincide with the comparative analysis in the drawings.

The drawings and slides will be available October [16], 1991.

Floppies of the drawings, screen saves and 3-dimensional computer data are also available. Please inquire by phone. | | |

| | Re: Congregation or Synagogue ?
Beyond that, also in 1991, I published slides and drawings of Le Corbusier's Palais des Congres (unbuilt 1964) and offered them for sale to academic architecture libraries. Harvard, U of Oregon, Berkeley and Miami U, Ohio bought the slides, and Harvard also bought the drawings.

MVRDVs Serpentine
Interesting how you mention Harvard in the early 1990s because in 1991 Loeb Library purchased drawings and slides published by Arcadia-Architectural CAD Services which documented Le Corbusier's Palais des Congres and its role in within the promenade architectural formula. [The legal fictitious name Quondam - A Virtual Museum of Architecture is owned by legal fictitious name Arcadia - Architectural Cad Services is owned by Stephen Lauf.]

You write, "'Ideas' are often amalgams of things recently seen morphed with things subconciously absorbed, melded with past innovations from the canon of well-publicized master-works." I've often wondered how many at Harvard since 1991 have "recently seen" Arcadia's Le Corbusier's Palais des Congrès à Strasbourg . | | Can you say canonical? The stars of Ten Canonical Buildings: 1950-2000, somewhat ironically, are not actual buildings at all, viz. the Palais des Congrès-Strasbourg (1962-64) and the Jussieu Libraries (1992-93). In the Forward, Stan Allen refers to the Palais des Congrès as a "previously...
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