Le Corbusier's Last Building

The slow-poke blogging continues....
So now we are in Zurich looking at 
Le Corbusier's
also known as the 
Heidi Weber approached Corb to design a museum
that would house his
paintings, drawings and sculpture,
making it a 
or a "complete" work of art.
This would be the last building he designed,
he died less than a year after the construction started.
Not a bad way to go out Corb!

This is how it appears as you approach from Lake Zurich.

Dang Nab It!
Oh well, we'll just press our noses to the glass
and get the most out of the outside,
which ain't shabby.
That's Alex to the left who planned this whole trip.
Thanks Alex!

The building is predominantly steel.
The panels are enameled not painted.
The roof also functions as a sunshade for the patios,
this is hard to see in my pics, 
but it is such a great and unique feature.

The construction details are there to see and very beautiful.

Love this door,
really looks like the Perriand door you see at auction
every now and then,
but this one is much more 
"pill" like.
This is the Perriand door.

Look at this handle!
Inside is the amazing looking gift shoppe,
next year I guess.

There appeared to be lots of art inside and 
the interior which
appeared to be almost as interesting as the outside
construction wise.
I like when a building is honest about how it is constructed,
and not a facade of sheetrock hiding
a wooden "stick-built" construction.

Cooktop and cutting board,
original to the building and so simple, 
efficient and amazing!

Sink with perforated draining platform.
Sorry for the reflective pics,
but I am having to shoot through the windows remember.
The iPhone is holding it's own,
but I may upgrade next trip.

This is 
"behind the green door"
that I like so much.

Look at that light and "Modular Man" sculpture! 
See the bolts?
They used over 20,000 in the construction.

Nice detail and concrete work on the foundation.

The enamel panels were composed according to a 
See the round "tube" in the right corner?
That was filled with beautiful rocks 
and was a drain for the roof.

This is the main entrance.
Do you see how the roof floats over the structure,
creating a covered area on the other
"roof" (more like ceiling)?
There must be a name for this.....

Most of the building was prefabricated 
and then assembled on-site.
The colors are so good,
notice the blue of the enameled ceiling panels.

Alex told me to take this shot and I am glad I did.
It really gives you a sense of how
shocking and out of place this building
must had seemed (and still does!)
in this wealthy lakeside neighborhood.

Look at this fucking thing!
I mean come on!
I keep referring to that 3rd story
covered roof deck that is covered by the roof
making it something other than a roof deck,
you can almost get a feel for it here.

Bye Bye 
Heidi Weber Museum!
I can't wait to explore the inside next year!


  1. Thanks for the virtual tour of a Corbu building I didn't know existed. Great photos & commentary, too.

  2. next time pls include more pics with alex next to the architecture for proportion study reasons you know.

  3. That is amazing! I hope Alex plans a trip that takes me there one day!