Arcadia is proud to present...

is proud to present

Le Corbusier's
Palais des Congrès à Strasbourg         1964
'constructed' by means of a 3-dimensional computer model
Based on drawings in the Le Corbusier Archive, The Palais des Congrès à Strasbourg (Congress Hall in Strasbourg), 1964, has been 3-dimensionally 'constructed' and documented in a series of unbound, ink on mylar plates and a set of 20 color slides.
The 12 plates contain text and numerous drawings which record the interior and the exterior of the building and its context from a variety of vantage points and angles, plus includes a comparative analysis showing the projects relationship to the Villa Savoye, the Villa at Garches and selected buildings by John Hejduk and James Stirling.
The set of 20 slides illustrate, in color and with shadows, the building and its context from the same vantage points and angles as the drawings.
A supplemental set of 20 slides illustrating the Villa Savoye, the Villa at Garches and selected buildings by John Hejduk and James Stirling coincide with the comparative analysis in the drawings.
The drawings and slides will be available October [16], 1991.
Floppies of the drawings, screen saves and 3-dimensional computer data are also available. Please inquire by phone.

  1. Building and Site
  2. East and West Elevations
  3. Level 3 Axonometric
  4. Level 3
  5. Level 4 Axonometric
  6. Level 4
  7. Villa Savoye Comparison
  8. Ramp/Architectural Promenade
  9. Ramp/Architectural Promenade
10. Roof/Architectural Promenade
11. Auditorium and Stage
12. John Hejduk Comparison

2002.08.09 15:20
Re: Congregation or Synagogue ?
Beyond that, also in 1991, I published slides and drawings of Le Corbusier's Palais des Congres (unbuilt 1964) and offered them for sale to academic architecture libraries. Harvard, U of Oregon, Berkeley and Miami U, Ohio bought the slides, and Harvard also bought the drawings.

2004.10.12 09:50
MVRDVs Serpentine
Interesting how you mention Harvard in the early 1990s because in 1991 Loeb Library purchased drawings and slides published by Arcadia-Architectural CAD Services which documented Le Corbusier's Palais des Congres and its role in within the promenade architectural formula. [The legal fictitious name Quondam - A Virtual Museum of Architecture is owned by legal fictitious name Arcadia - Architectural Cad Services is owned by Stephen Lauf.]
You write, "'Ideas' are often amalgams of things recently seen morphed with things subconciously absorbed, melded with past innovations from the canon of well-publicized master-works." I've often wondered how many at Harvard since 1991 have "recently seen" Arcadia's Le Corbusier's Palais des Congrès à Strasbourg .

2008.06.28 08:47
Can you say canonical?
The stars of Ten Canonical Buildings: 1950-2000, somewhat ironically, are not actual buildings at all, viz. the Palais des Congrès-Strasbourg (1962-64) and the Jussieu Libraries (1992-93). In the Forward, Stan Allen refers to the Palais des Congrès as a "previously somewhat overlooked building." As it happened, Arcadia's 1991 published analysis of the Palais des Congrès became one of the corner stones of Quondam. Was Koolhaas aware of Arcadia's analysis within the Loeb Library at Harvard?

2010.05.12 13:13
Neil Denari vs. Diller Scofido Renfro vs.
[On 2010.05.11 Urbanist wrote:
btw, this may be more complicated: all of these firms except Denari (DS+R, FOA, MVRDV, OMA and UN Studio) all had at least one principal teaching (or studying) at the GSD in 1991, which begs the question, who stole from whom... which I replied:]
In summer 1991, Harvard's Loeb Library purchased a drawing and slide analysis of Le Corbusier's Palais des Congres a Strasbourg.
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