Architectural Studies; Maison du Brésil

Analyse gemaakt voor het vak Architectural Studies aan de universiteit van Delft.
Analyse uitgevoerd samen met Charlotte Nieveen van Dijkum

Maison du Brésil
Finished in 1959
Design by Le Corbusier and Lúcio Costa

4, Avenue de la Porte
Cité Universitaire
75014 Paris

Maison du Brésil is a Brutalist student housing project in the Cité Universitaire in Paris. The initial drawings were by Lúcio Costa but he then collaborated with Le Corbusier and the final plan was executed and overseen by Le Corbusier’s office (Gans, 1987, p. 42). The building consists of a dormitory slab on pilotis, with on the ground floor underneath a freeform volume containing the entrance, shared amenities for the whole dormitory and homes for the dean and the janitor. The upper floors in the dormitory are organized along a corridor, with the student rooms on one side
and the shared bathrooms, kitchens, study spaces and vertical circulation on the other. There are single and double student rooms, with both a private washing area and a loggia. Ten single and five double rooms on each floor share two kitchens, two bathrooms and six study rooms, differing in size. The whole building is made in concrete brute. Costa and Le Corbusier used four colors, a red, yellow, green and blue, inspired by Brazilian culture, to highlight several elements of the building, like the window frames, the indoor columns, the facades of the study spaces on the upper floors and the walls and ceilings of the loggias. Compared to the Pavillion Suisse, Maison du Brésil shows a shift in Le Corbusier’s thinking from his earlier machine age esthetic to a more primitive and plastic form (Gans, 1987, p. 42).

Gans, D. (1987) The Le Corbusier Guide


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