Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Studio and Apartment of Le Corbusier

We got a relatively early start this morning because we were planning to visit the studio and apartment of the modern architect Le Corbusier, which are open to the public only on Saturdays.  His apartment and studio are located on the top two floors of  a building he co-designed in the far west section of the city.   Here's what the building looks like from the outside.

The apartment is about 240 square meters, which makes it huge when compared to our 33 square meter rental apartment.  However it's a modest size when compared to typical American housing.  There's a narrow balcony around two sides of the apartment with about a 3-foot tall wall on the edge of the balcony.  Le Corbusier wanted to be able to see the  Bois de Boulogne from the bed, so the bed is raised about  4 feet off the floor - a little odd looking. Today you can see fairly attractive apartment buildings from the bedroom, but I couldn't see the Bois de Boulogne.  The kitchen is small and efficiently laid out.  The apartment has an open plan and uses glass blocks to allow plenty of light in.

On the east side of the studio, directly across the street, is a huge new stadium that replaces the wooded area that would have been there at the time the apartment building was constructed.  Somehow I think that Le Corbusier would not be pleased.

Today's baguette is the 4th place winner of the 2012 contest.

No lunch photos today.  We've been eating so much bread, cheese, and pastries recently that we opted for a simple salad lunch.  However, we've noticed that in Paris almost all salads are loaded up with ham and cheese, and the salads we ate today were no exception.


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