Tuesday 11 December 2012

Illustrated Perspectives

Table/Seating Area in Petit Cabanon

Coloured Rood Panels in Petit Cabanon

Posted by: Amal Dirie

Relation Between Interior and Exterior

The interior of the Petit Cabanon has a very natural flow to the outside. Le Corbusier placed windows very thoughtfully throughout the cabin to provide desired views of the exterior. He further augmented the views by placing mirrored shutters in windows to reflect the exterior view to the interior. He placed windows to provide view towards the sea, towards the vegetation, and towards the mineral landscape.  

Petit Cabanon did not have a kitchen. It was built right beside the restaurant l’Etoile de Mer and this is where Le Corbusier had his meals. The cabin did not have a shower either. Le Corbusier used a shower outside the cabin. Built not far from the cabin was Corbusier’s studio atelier.

Recent photograph of l'Etoile de Mer restaurant beside Petit Cabanon.

Posted by: Nadia Shahed

Unite D'Habitation Firminy-Vert

The final Unite D'Habitation, Firminy-Vert, is located in the region of Loire, France. It was completed in 1968, after Le Corbusier's death. It's hilltop location makes for great views from every unit, similarly to Petit Cabanon. 

All of the Unite D'Habitations posses some form of a connection to nature, as well as a focus on creating views. In this way, the influence of Petit Cabanon is evident in Le Corbuser's later works. 

Posted by: Meghan Robidoux and Jason McMillan

Unite D'Habitation Briey-En-Foret

Unite D'Habitation Briey-En-Foret, the fourth structure, was completed in 1959. It is located directly in the forest. 

Children's bedrooms divided by sliding wall. 

Posted by: Meghan Robidoux and Jason McMillan

Unite D'Habitation Berlin

The third Unite D'Habitation was completed in Berlin, Germany in 1958. Although it resides in the city, it has great views of the forest, allowing Le Corbusier's work to maintain a connection to the natural world. 

Posted by: Meghan Robidoux and Jason McMillan 

Unite D'Habitation Nantes-Reze

The second of the Unite D'Habitation's, Nantes-Reze, was completed in 1953. It's countryside location is what makes it most different from the other Unites. It's also what makes it most similar to Petit Cabanon. 

Children playing by pond which runs beneath the structure. 

Posted by: Meghan Robidoux and Jason McMillan

Monday 10 December 2012


Corbusier used his modular system to define the dimensions of le cabanon, but he also
used it to define the programmatic areas in the house. Sleeping, reading and working are all
defined by golden rectangles.
Le Corbusier also used his modular and the golden ratio when defining circulation through le cabanon.
Drawn and posted by: Jason McMillan