Although known for his architectural drawings as an urban
planner, he was also a passionate painter, sculptor, writer, and designed modern
Le Corbusier was anxious to avoid his works getting split up and he initiated the
necessary steps for the creation of the Le Corbusier Foundation and before he died in
August 1965 while he was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea at Cap Martin he established
the foundation as the heir to the entirety of his work, along with the houses where he
resided in Paris and the house he had built for his
parents at Corseaux on the shores of Lac Leman.
The Foundation Le Corbusier was officially created by a decree in the July of 1968 and was
set up in Villas Jeanneret and Villa La Roche in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
Situated in a cul-de-sac off of the Rue du Docteur Blanche, are the two private houses
that were owned by Le Corbusier from 1923 and the Villa La Roche is now the museum and the
Villa Jeanneret is the administration centre of the foundation since they took them over.
The buildings were constructed in the Cubist style and are very plain and the only
extravagance that shows is a curved frontage and although they look commonplace now, they
were a great contrast to anything that had been done before.
The collection owned by the foundation is made up of absolutely thousands of works by Le
Corbusier and includes a number of enamels, around 100 engraved works that include
etchings, around 450 canvases painted from 1918, sculptures, cartoon tapestries and
thousands of sketches.
The Fondation Le Corbusier museum is open from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 6pm on a
Monday through to Thursday and on a Friday it is open from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to
It is closed at weekends, on national holidays and during the month of August, so it is
not somewhere you could visit during the summer holidays.
Address & Contact Details:
Fondation Le Corbusier
Villa La Roche
8-10 Square du Docteur Blanche
Telephone: 1 42 88 41 53