Restoration of the Petite Maison, Corseaux, 1924, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Construction Practice as Research

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https://doi.org/10.52200/53.A.WE5292W8

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

The Petite Maison, or the villa Le Lac was built by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret at Corseaux, near Vevey, in 1924 for the parents of the former. Various modifications were made from then until 1973. The exteriors, façades, gardens and enclosures of this emblematic work were repaired and restored based on detailed research of the fabric and a well judged program of conservation which concluded in June 2015. This essay reports on some of the specifics of the project, the construction itself, the problems of ageing that the architects had to address, and the most recent conservation works (2013–15).

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Graf, F., & Marino, G. (2015). Restoration of the Petite Maison, Corseaux, 1924, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Construction Practice as Research. Docomomo Journal, (53), 18–23. https://doi.org/10.52200/53.A.WE5292W8

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2015-09-01

Author Biographies

Franz Graf, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Architect from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (2005) and at the EPFL. Since 2010 he has been President of docomomo Switzerland, and since 2012 member or the Comité des Experts pour la Restauration de l’OEuvre of the Le Corbusier Fondation. He is head of the Laboratory of Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture, at EPFL.

Giulia Marino, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Master in architecture from the University of Florence and PhD in architecture from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Since 2007 she has been a teacher and scientist at the Laboratory of Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture at the EPFL.