Exploring the visual material within the building process of the Villa Savoye


Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), July 9-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium
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Page(s): 373-381
Year: 2018
Abstract: The recent digitization of the amateur films that Ernest Weissmann, collaborator in the Atelier Le Corbusier, shot in 1929 and 1930, reveals several site visits to the Villa Savoye during different stages of the construction in 1929 and 1930, from the first floor until completion. This visual material broadens the concise photographic documentation made by Sigfried Giedion and by the collaborators of the Atelier Le Corbusier. While Giedion focuses merely on architectural decisions, the filmed material of Weissmann shows a unique focus on the execution of construction details, revealing how the structure of the villa was conceived, as only few accurate original specifications or plans are at our disposal. This paper will relate the importance of this visual documentation to the extant knowledge of the structure of the Villa Savoye.

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