Saturday, September 20, 2008

Photo of the Week - Notre-Dame du Haut (Ronchamp, France)

Perched on a hill and built in the mid-1950s in Eastern France, this asymmetric chapel is one of the world's modern architectural travel wonders. Designed by a guy named Le Corbusier, it features a wall with many irregular, different sized windows which provides an extraordinary lighting effect especially with the stained glass in the interior. The roof appears inspired by a crab shell and seems to float above the building itself. Apparently when it rains, the water pours off this roof creating an impressive natural fountain.

"Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread" - Le Corbusier


Suzanne Perazzini said...

What a fantastic looking building. He also designs furniture and other things - an extraordinary designer/architect.

Mark H said...

@suzanne: I didn't know that. His furniture must be special going on this remarkable chapel.

Lifecruiser said...

That is a stunning building! What an odd architecture - and exciting! I simply love the way the architect has played with it! A favorite of mine for sure.

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