The miracle of Le Corbusier's roof terrace

Benton, Tim (2012). The miracle of Le Corbusier's roof terrace. In: Gargiani, Roberto ed. L'Architrave, le Plancher, la Plate-forme: Nouvelle Histoire de la Construction. Lausanne: Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes, pp. 710–718.


Le Corbusier included the roof terrace in the 'Five Points for a New Architecture', published in 1927, as a demonstration of the structural rationalism of reonforced concrete construction. As time passed, however, Le Corbusier re-discovered the roof terrace in his own constructions as a source of wild nature. Using archival sources, I trace his increasing fascination with the plants seeded by birds and surviving in an absolutely untended soil, which survived on the roof of his mother's house at Vevey and on the roof of his own apartment.

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