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“One is drawn up to the culminating point, the curved walls, feminine shapes that are a memory of the former scheme when they enclosed Madame’s bedroom. She had insisted that the living room “should not be strictly rectangular but should have some comfortable corners.” However, Le Corbusier disregarded her wishes when it came to the main room and transferred them to the culmination of the route (of the ramp), the place where she might be nude on top of the world, sunbathing, and spiritually in touch with the sun.”
(Charles Jencks, 1974, Le Corbusier and the Tragic View of Architecture, 178.)
Equating the Machines of Living and Driving
That the car has been incorporated into the body of the building is significant. That there is space enough for three cars and a chauffer’s living quarters is Le Corbusier suggesting a new significance for the car in modern life. His correct prediction and prototype for a manner of living focussed around movement and efficiency is profound.