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BACK TO THE ORIGINS

Final Undergraduate Researching Thesis

ETSAM / UPM / MADRID

JUL 2017

 

TUTOR

Alberto Morell

 

CO-TUTOR

Alejandro Bernabeu

 

 

ABSTRACT

Back to the Origins is a theoretical body of work that investigates Le Cabanon, a building pertaining to the last period of Le Corbusier's designs. Currently, there is a vast amount of information about this small house, but, from my point of view, the majority of this information has the same flaw: the work is described as an isolated construction, without any reference to the magnificent environment in which it is placed.

 

Le Cabanon as an isolated entity in and of itself is a work that offers many lessons, which can be extrapolated from the design exercise. However, without a doubt, it cannot be fully comprehended without including all the surrounding environment. For this reason, in Back to the Origins, a detailed description of all these elements is made and it is depicted in an annex of graphic documentation. A data summary, a set of plans and a photographic gallery are collected in this annex. This documentation has been drawn up thanks to a prospecting trip that I made to the Le Corbusier Foundation in Paris and Cabanon itself in Cap-Martin, France.

 

Finally, this work stands out as a pivotal point in the career of Le Corbusier, being the only work he constructed in wood and having very different characteristics to all the rest of the projects relevant in his illustrious architectural career. At the same time, this exercise of modesty places value in how Le Corbusier returns to the origins of creating and inhabiting,  a construction which can be considered a contemporary refuge or home.

 

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