1957

Le Corbusier

Tower of Shadows     Chandigarh

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House of Shadows Bye   2366
Villa Savoye Shadowed   2407
Savoye Shadows Annexation   2408

1995.12.12
Osmosis and Electro-Magnetism: an Outside Inside Architecture
Le Corbusier's Tower of Shadows and Louis I Kahn's Mikveh Israel Synagogue; the issue (perhaps) of positive and negative? Does positive and negative bring up the issue of polarity, and thus the implication of polarity as a possible mode of the human imagination?


1996.04.06
scale and architecture
The second group elevation features Hurva Synagogue, the Tower of Shadows, and the Museum of Arts & Crafts. All three buildings can be compared to each other with respect to sun breakers (brise-soleil). Particularly the Museum of Arts & Crafts and the Tower of Shadows are the same in this regard... ...the scale that brise-soleil naturally generate.

1996.04.06
scale and architecture
The Tower of Shadows is a simple building... ...whether such a bare-bones building may carry a stronger Le Corbusian message, one where Le Corbusier is perhaps trying to communicate a particular essence of architecture. The building can be seen as a sort of modern day temple to the sun, as well as the makeup of great architecture pared down to its basic form and function--a great central space surrounded by "rooms" that, in and of themselves, filter the light that enters the central space.
Actually, in the above respect, there is room for comparison between the Tower of Shadows and Hurva Synagogue, in that they are both Temples (of a sort) and programmatically they are large central spaces surrounded by smaller articulated spaces, and the issue of light modulation is important to both buildings.
...some drawings (axons and/or perspectives) with the two buildings next to each other...

1996.04.06
scale and architecture
...the notion of brise-soleil as building, like a filled out Tower of Shadows.

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