When looking around for architecture designed by Le Corbusier, I was able to come across Villa Savoye. A brief history about the house includes that it is located in in Poissy, France and built in 1929. A family called the Savoyes lived in this house until the 1940s when the Second World War occurred because the house was occupied by both sides of the war. Unfortunately, it was damaged, but in 1985, it was restored (Villa Savoye – A Machine for Living). From the outside, it is an attractive building to look and observe while the inside has horizontal windows all over the house for people to look outside. Something that I really liked about the building is the roof for people to walk on and have a higher perspective. The purpose of the building allows a person to relax and sit inside just like an ordinary house, but design of the building allows a person not only to feel like the center of the land but also becomes more attached to nature nearby.
Image of Villa Savoye http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/france/poissy/savoye/corbuindex.html
Generally, people are able to live in their homes to settle their lives, but some are able extract to more functions from their homes. The Villa Savoye does a great job at connecting with nature because of its location and design. Le Corbusier wanted to design buildings so they can allow people to get more contact with nature (Levy 199). This is accomplished because people are to observe the trees and land from the first and second floor, horizontal windows, and accessible roof. The windows make it more accessible but also offer an invitation to look at the environment because there are no walls that block the view. In addition, the roof has a garden, and the house is surrounded by trees (Villa Savoye – A Machine for Living). Le Corbusier definitely achieved building a connection with nature with this design. Also, it has the columns that support that second floor which allows people to walk through the house instead of walking completely walking round. Le Corbusier incorporated the columns to create buildings to be less of an obstacle and allow a flow of people through it (Levry 199). Many people look at buildings and may just have one view about it such as it is just a place to live in, but designers are able to come up with dozens of functions while sustaining an attractive design.
Levy, J. (2013). Urban Design. In Contemporary Urban Planning (10th ed., p. 199).
Sullivan, M. (2006, January 1). Villa Savoye–Introduction and Index. Retrieved September 29, 2014, from http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/france/poissy/savoye/corbuindex.html
VILLA SAVOYE – A MACHINE FOR LIVING. (2014, January 1). Retrieved September 29, 2014, from http://www.ultimatehouse.tv/article.php?id=2