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    Corbu's Maison Ternisien

    by Soo Jin Park

    The house was designed for a couple who approached Le Corbusier after he lectured at the Sorbonne in 1924.

    The overall building form is influenced by the shape of the triangular site and the interior by the requirement of merging two different programs: a double-height space with a sleeping balcony for the wife's painting studio and a pie-shaped one-story space for the husband's music studio.

    Maison Ternisien
    Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

    Architect  Le Corbusier
    Client  Paul and Mme Ternisien
    Built  1924 to 1926
    Housing Type  Live-work residence with painting and music studios
    Program  Music studio, painting studio, library, roof terrace, vertical slot windows, double-height space with sleeping balcony, design using regulating lines

    The two studios come together in the middle with shared spaces, including an entrance foyer, bathroom, kitchen, and library. The recessed entry is the result of the architect's desire to preserve an existing tree by shaping the house around it.

    This volumetric offset, along with the tree and the curved wall of the music studio, announces the location of the entry and draws visitors in.

    Despite its small size, the house is an important project in Le Corbusier's body of work because of its masterful resolution of complex programmatic requirements with rich spatial experiences. Carefully planned circulation through the house is achieved by sculpting the interior spaces with natural light.   >>>

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    This article is excerpted from Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses by Steven Park, copyright © 2012, with permission of the publisher, PA Press.

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    Le Corbusier designed the Maison Ternisien (1926), a studio and home on a flatiron site in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France.
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    The design of Maison Ternisien comprises two studio wings connected by a volume containing the entry and services. A double-height rectangular volume houses the art space (left) while a one-story, wedge-shaped form contains the music studio and master bedroom (right).
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