La Villa Savoye after Le Corbusier, une Longue Histoire


  • Susanna Caccia Gherardini University of Florence image/svg+xml
  • Carlo Olmo




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


This is a study of the microhistory of Villa Savoye that has already been realized, which thus does not concern its genesis (almost too studied by others). In the construction site of microhistory the reduced scale of observation is the space which may permit the reconstruction of interpersonal relationships as a historical subject and to experiment with new procedures and put interpretative categories to the test. The problem regarding the construction defects is more or less a constant in the work of Le Corbusier, in addition to the speed of the processes of both ageing and decay which are characteristic of the materials used in modern architecture. In this sense the restoration of the works of Le Corbusier is also an opportunity to bring back to the center of the critical and theoretical discussion crucial topics regarding the reflection on modern architecture: originality and authorship. Restorations such as the ones undertaken for Villa Savoye reopened the discussion on the topic of the restoration of an auteur architecture, beginning from its foundations.

How to Cite

Gherardini, S. C., & Olmo, C. (2015). La Villa Savoye after Le Corbusier, une Longue Histoire. Docomomo Journal, (53), 40–47.




Author Biographies

Susanna Caccia Gherardini, University of Florence

(b. 1972, Italy). PhD in Technology and Management of Cultural Heritage, Associate Professor in Restoration, DIDA University of Florence and Adjunct Professor at Faculty of Architecture, Xi’an Jiaotong University. She published more than 70 publications; among the most recent, Restoration in a Few Words (Huazhong, HUSTP Press, 2013), and Le Corbusier dopo Le Corbusier. Retoriche e Pratiche nel Restauro dell’Opera Architettonica (Milano, Franco Angeli, 2014). She is writing the book Villa Savoye, 1929–1998 with Carlo Olmo that will be published in 2015 by Donzelli.

Carlo Olmo

(b. 1944, Italy). Masters in History (1969) and in Philosophy (1970), Full Professor in History of Architecture (1989–), Dean of the Department of Humanities (1994–2000), of the Department of Architecture (1995– 1999) and Dean of Faculty of Architecture (1999–2008), Politecnico di Torino. Visiting professor in MIT in Boston, Barcelona and London. He was Dicecteur d’Etudes at EHSS, Paris (1984–1889), founded and directs the Il Giornale dell’Architettura (2002–) and was the city architect and the director of Urban Center in Turin (2003–2014). He published Architettura, Edilizia, Ipotesi per una Storia (Roma, 1974); Le Corbusier e l’Esprit Nouveau (with Roberto Gabetti, Torino, 1976); La Città Industriale (Torino, 1980); Alle Radici dell’Architettura Contemporanea (with Roberto Gabetti, Torino, 1989); Le Esposizioni Universali, 1851-1900 (with Linda Aimone, 1990, 2013), Urbanistica e Società Civile (Torino, 1992), La Città e le sue Storie (with Bernard Lepetit, Torino 1995); Dizionario dell’Architettura del XX Secolo (Torino, 1999, Roma, 2003), Architettura e Novecento (Roma, 2011), Architettura e Storia (Roma, 2013).