Le Corbusier's Rendition of the Tunisian Vernacular: An alaysis of the "machine for living"
Type
magazine article
Year
2001

This article deals with the first house built by Le Corbusier, on the coastline of Carthage in Tunisia.  "Modem cubist white homes became his "machine for living" as expounded upon in his seminal book Towards a New Architecture, first published in 1924. The avant-garde "machine for Iiving" has its roots in the typical Mediterranean, particularly the Tunisian, villa. The house as an efficient tool for living is characterized by open plans and spaces flowing into each other. Strictly defined by simple facades, the all-white rendered concrete structures only have square or rectangular openings for doors and windows. Everything in the home was reduced to its primary form and function and decoration was eliminated."


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Citation
Gaber, Tammey. Le Corbusier's Rendition of the Tunisian Vernacular: An alaysis of the "machine for living". In Medina Issue Eighteen: Architecture, Interiors & Fine Arts. British Virgin Islands: Medina Magazine. (March - April 2001): 42 - 47.
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Country
Tunisia
Language
English
Arabic
Building Usages
house
residential
Keywords
houses
modern architecture
Modernist