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"Le Corbusier" in L.A.

by Edward Lifson ( last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:43 AM
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by Edward Lifson ( last modified Oct 01, 2010



Top:  Le Corbusier - Chapel at the Monastery de La Tourette, near Lyon, France
Bottom: Wolf Prix / Coop Himmelb(l)au - Central Los Angeles High School #9 

Then this:
Wolf Prix: When I was 18 and ready to go to university my father sent me to see Le Corbusier’s Monastery of Sainte Marie de La Tourette near LyonFrance. It is an extraordinary building. When I saw the monastery’s chapel I was speechless. I decided – if this is architecture – I want to be an architect.   
Prix's tower has a energy that spirals upward.  In the same 2008 interview he tells Vladimir Belogolovsy:
Wolf Prix: When I was 10 or 11 my father took me to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and showed me the famous painting by Pieter Bruegel of the Tower of Babel. I was thrilled by this picture, but it bothered me that the tower didn’t have a spire. In other words it was unfinished. I think the duty of every architect is to finish the Tower of Babel.

Each time I see this high school tower rising over the freeway it thrills me.  It excites, captivates, intrigues, scares and puzzles me.  I'm always trying to figure it out -- (scroll and scroll).  The Corb connection helps.  

And this connects the high school even more strongly to the Rafael Moneo-designed cathedral across the freeway.  Like much of Moneo's work, his cathedral for L.A. is heavily Corbusian.




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