The Role of the Fondation Le Corbusier in the Conservation of the Le Corbusier's Architectural Work


  • Bénédicte Gandini
  • Michel Richard




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Le Corbusier died on 27 August 1965 at Roquebrune-CapMartin, near his Cabanon. Without direct heirs and driven by the fear that his carefully conserved archives and works be scattered after his death, Le Corbusier spent the last fifteen years of his life conceiving and implementing, down to its smallest details, the project of a Foundation that would bear his name. Today the activity of the Fondation Le Corbusier comprises two main undertakings: circulating his work and spreading his ideas; preserving the architect’s work and collections. Indeed as the legatee and direct offshoot of its creator Le Corbusier, the Foundation holds the moral rights to this work and therefore has a duty to constantly watch over his architectural work (and indeed the artist’s entire legacy). For the Foundation each of his buildings constitute a piece of art in and of itself. Each issue concerned in the restoration of Le Corbusier’s buildings is effectively governed by this specificity.

How to Cite

Gandini, B., & Richard, M. (2015). The Role of the Fondation Le Corbusier in the Conservation of the Le Corbusier’s Architectural Work. Docomomo Journal, (53), 12–17.




Author Biographies

Bénédicte Gandini

Architect - Art Historian. Secrétariat de la Conférence permanente internationale.

Michel Richard

Michel Richard is the Director of the Le Corbusier Foundation in Paris. Le Corbusier himself set up the Foundation, with the mission of ensuring the conservation of his output in architecture and the visual arts.