The Villa de Mandrot and the place of the imagination

Benton, Tim (2011). The Villa de Mandrot and the place of the imagination. In: Richard, Michel ed. Massilia 2011. Annuaire d'Études Corbuséennes. Marseilles: Editions Imbernon, pp. 92–105.



This is a revision of an article published originally in Catalan in Quaderns. It is the first attempt not only to retail the detailed design and construction history of Le Corbusier's Villa de Mandrot, but also to demonstrate how Le Corbusier turned away from the fundamental tenets of his earlier work. Using archival sources and a detailed analysis of over 200 hundred drawings and 300 hundred documents, I demonstrate how the house began as a standardised steel housing cell and developed into a stone villa embedded in the landscape.

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