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  • [Zurich] Heidi Weber Pavilion - Le Corbusier

    Short description:
    The Heidi Weber Museum (1961-1967) is one of Le Corbusier's final works.
    This private museum was intended to be a "complete work of art", not only being a remarkable piece of architecture but also displaying Le Corbusier's work as an artist and a designer.
    The museum is conceived as a prototype living / studio space, with two interconnected areas for each one of these functions.
    Unlike the rough concrete of most of his late works, this building features a metallic structure. A large roof is held by an independent structure above the volumes containing the enclosed spaces.

    Reference from "Le Corbusier - Ideas and Forms" by William J R Curtis - 1986 Phaidon Press:
    "For the Heidi Weber Pavillion, to stand on the lake shore in Zurich and contain a small collection of Corbusiana, Le Corbusier turned back to an old idea from the 1930s: a sequence of spaces under a steel truss umbrella roof. In the final version, bright-coloured porcelain enamel panels are juxtaposed with plate glass in dynamic Modulor proportions. The whole thing has the character of a shining toy and seems to anticipate "High Tec"."
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    Adress:
    Hoeschgasse 8, 8034 Zurich

    Opening hours:
    It is seldomly open, so make sure you check in advance. Last Summer (from July - September) it was open Saturdays and Sundays from 2PM to 5PM

    How to get there:
    From the airport take any train to MAINSTATION “ZURICH HB“ (12 min), change to tram #4 (direction Tiefenbrunnen) to HOESCHGASSE (15 min), walk towards the lake (2 min).
    You can also walk from the city center. Although it's a little far - approximately 2.5 km from the central station - you can cross the historic central area along Niederdorfstrasse towards the South and continue along the lakeside.
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      Some web references:
      Heidi Weber Museum website
      Athenaeum website (school of architecture and design from Lausanne) with plans, model images and construction pictures - in French
      Galinsky website

      Google Earth placemark:
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        Approaching from the Southwest after walking along the lakeside
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        • #5
          The studio wing
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            South façade
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            • #7
              Southeast corner
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              • #8
                East façade (terrible pic, sorry)
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                • #9
                  The ramp volume
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                    Ramp window detail
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                      Entrance view
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                        Entrance view 2
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                        • #13
                          Living area
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                            View towards the kitchen
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                              Kitchen
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