​Heidi Weber Museum, Le Corbusier's Final Architectural Testament

Date: Wednesday 5 March 2014
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 89 mins

Heidi Weber Museum ‚ Centre Le Corbusier, Zurich: Le Corbusier's Final Architectural Testament

The sculptural and structural qualities of the Heidi Weber Museum testify to Le Corbusier's prodigious talent for transforming spatial intuitions into forms and relations that speak to all senses. A late work completed two years after his death, the museum is a resounding expression of Le Corbusier's synthesis of the arts.
    A reading of the building draws out a dynamic process of form-generation, in which shadows and light are transmuted into building materials. It also highlights a deep-rooted poésie des rapports (poetry of relations), expressed in the play of light, in the harmony of proportions and in the organisation of movement around the building. The Heidi Weber Museum can be seen as the end point of a trajectory of ideas ‚ - a revolutionary work that compels the visitor to stop, to contemplate, to dream, to question and to imagine.  
      Naïma Jornod, MD, is a cardiovascular surgeon based in Geneva. Parallel to her medical career, she has always been interested in art. After completing a master's degree in art history she has now embarked on a PhD on the role of the drawing in the work of Le Corbusier.

Image - Heidi Weber in front of the ground floor terrace, 1967 - Heidi Weber Museum - Center Le Corbusier

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