Pavillon Le Corbusier

Zürich, Switzerland

The Pavillon Le Corbusier is a Swiss art museum dedicated to the work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. In 1960 Heidi Weber had the vision to establish a museum designed by Le Corbusier – this building should exhibit his works of art in an ideal environment created by the architect himself in the then Centre Le Corbusier or Heidi Weber Museum. It is the last building designed by Le Corbusier marking a radical change of his achievement of using concrete and stone, framed in steel and glass, in the 1960s created as a signpost for the future. Le Corbusier made intensive use of prefabricated steel elements combined with multi-coloured enamelled plates fitted to the central core, and above the complex he designed a 'free-floating' roof to keep the house protected from the rain and the sun.

The Centre Le Corbusier can be considered a Gesamtkunstwerk, i.e. a total work of art, and reflects the harmonic unity of Le Corbusier's architecture, sculptures, paintings, furniture designs and his writings, which is unique and possibly the only one such existing structure in the world.


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Founded: 1967
Category: Museums in Switzerland


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Hernan Hernandez (2 years ago)
Such an awesome stop by point if you have a soft spot for architecture. Located next to the park, and by the lakeside. Pretty easy place to relax when you are in the area.
Jeremy Arnold (2 years ago)
As an architect, I've studied and visited a number of Le Corbusier's buildings. This one, perhaps being the last one he designed, was not known to me. I spent an hour walking around the inside, sketching and analyzing the plans and details. The Modulor system is pervasive, and drives many of the alignments. The scale of the spaces feels so comfortable. There was a great exhibit on La Tourette and Ronchamps, as well as Corbusier paintings and furniture. Well worth the visit!
Troy Windhorst (2 years ago)
Beautiful museum featuring the cleanest, modern design this side of Venus. The museum is both dedicated to the work of and designed by Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier. The self guided walk through this “house” will remind United States tourist of Frank Lloyd Wright. It was such a treat to walk through (and on top of) this structure. Front desk staff was super friendly. Highly recommended. (I am an English-speaking tourist and had no trouble visiting. My entry was free using the Swiss Travel Pass. Time invested at museum was about 45 minutes.)
Inna Grygorashchenko (2 years ago)
I took my teen daughter there and she's been inspired by Le Corbu's creativity. There is a "touch on" zone where kids can create their own chef-d'oeuvre and where you can take a guide sheet made for kids with interesting stories about Le Corbu and some quests. There you won't find many rooms but it gives possibility to view all details carefully and tastefully.
David Scobie (2 years ago)
A masterpiece which is very well maintained and the e-guide is excellent. Despite 5he museum being closed, I was able to access the e-guide using the wifi. The wire compounds for the two adjoining buildings reduce the quality of the setting otherwise it met my expectations.
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