Maison La Roche

Paris, France

Villa La Roche, also Maison La Roche, is a house in Paris, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in 1923–1925. It was designed for Raoul La Roche, a Swiss banker and collector of avant-garde art. Villa La Roche now houses the Fondation Le Corbusier.

La Roche-Jeanneret house, is a pair of semi-detached houses that was Corbusier's third commission in Paris. They are laid out at right angles to each other.

In 1928, Le Corbusier and Perriand collaborated on furniture, the fruits of their collaboration were first done for Villa La Roche. The furniture items include, three chrome-plated tubular steel chairs designed for two of his projects, The Maison la Roche in Paris and a pavilion for Barbara and Henry Church.

Maison La Roche is now a museum containing about 8,000 original drawings, studies and plans by Le Corbusier (in collaboration with Pierre Jeanneret from 1922 to 1940), as well as approximately, 450 of his paintings, 30 enamels, 200 works on paper, and a sizeable collection of written and photographic archives. It describes itself as the world's largest collection of Le Corbusier drawings, studies, and plans.

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Ruslan (2 years ago)
One of Le Corbusier’s masterpieces that die under awful management. The price for students is 5€, however the woman at the entrance told me that I can pay by card only from 10€ (which is illegal thing to do). So bring cash and be ready to face rude french service, but architecture worth it!
Janet Clarke Bell (3 years ago)
The great Le Corbusier!
Antonio Bertino (3 years ago)
Nice piece of Architecture, even though not the best Corbu's building. Interesting bit probably I expected a little bit more in terms of how it is presented. There should be more furniture around, the interiors are a little bit poorer how they are presented.
Gábor Pál (3 years ago)
A beautiful early modern villa by Le Corbusier with original floors and built-in furnitures. This a truly mind-blowing experience for architecture buffs for only €8 per person.
Dimitra Makraki (4 years ago)
In my opinion, better than villa Savoye. An excellent architectural work, by Le Corbusier.
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