Friday, July 22, 2016

Le Corbusier's Cabanon added to UNESCO World Heritage List

UNESCO has put more than a dozen works by Le Corbusier onto its growing lists of important architectural projects around the world, including his Cabanon. Shedworking's Garden Show correspondent Emma Townshend visited and wrote about it in a previous post (read it here) but essentially he built it in the mid-1950s as an exercise in minimal habitation but also intending it to be a birthday present for his wife Yvonne. It look him less than 60 minutes to design and six months to build using prefab pieces of oak from Corsica for the interior and rough pine boards for the exterior (rather better than his first plan of using aluminium). In all it is 16 square metres - Le Corbusier boasted not a square centimetre was wasted.

Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon, Le Corbusier 1952 - Cassina Reconstruction 2006 from Miami Design District on Vimeo.

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