Dom-Ino and the Phantom Pilotis

Benton, Tim (2014). Dom-Ino and the Phantom Pilotis. In: Weaver, Thomas ed. AA Files. AA Files, 69 (69). London: Architectural Association, pp. 13–37.


The project for a mass produced reinforced concrete skeleton which could be prefabricated and used for rehousing homeless people after the war, designed by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) and Max Dubois in 1914 was taken up in the 1920s as a founding icon of modern architecture. In this article Benton demonstrates that Jeanneret did not himself understand what he had invented at first and designed houses using the system in which there is no free plan, no free façade and no visible pilotis.

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