By Paula Lieber Gerson
In keeping with papers provided at a symposium held in 1981 on the Cloisters
(in conjunction with an exhibition entitled The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis
in the time of Abbot Suger (1122-1151) and at Columbia University,
sponsored through the overseas heart for Medieval paintings and the Medieval and Renaissance
Interdisciplinary stories Committee of Columbia college.
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There we see how the center line of structure splits into pairs of columns at the wide middle bay, and how the second pair is pushed to one side by the elevator core. Note how, by reflecting a column, the lobby mirror recreates the illusion of the center pair and so, from the start, informs the visitor of the total order. The walls, as they move along the displaced columns toward the center of the lobby, convey a sensual force in opposition to the controlled rationality of the imaginary center line.
The curved garden path passing under the house to the backyard makes the lower-left-hand quadrant the realm of the pedestrian. The visual diagonals then connect the upper quadrants to this set of relationships. Peter Eisenman has observed that Le Corbusier established a radically modern relation between viewer and building in which all viewpoints are presented to the viewer simultaneously. At Cook the facade describes the space in front, the plan behind, and even the section with its rotated second facade.
Verrey, 39-43, rue du Chevaleret. Le Corbusier's Maison Planex is located several blocks away, on blvd. Massena. From here a more extended tour might travel by bus (line "Petite Ceinture") to the Swiss and Brazil Pavilions at Cite Universitaire. DIRECTIONS: The closest metro stop to the barge is Gare d'Austerlitz. For the Cite, get off either at boulevard Massena, RER-SNCF, or Porte d'lvry on line #7. 34 IN THE SALVATION ARMY LE CORBUSIER found a client in sympathy with his social ideas. As Brian Brace Taylor has explained, Le Corbusier saw the need for paternalistic organizations, such as the Army, and their programs of social engineering.
Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis: A symposium by Paula Lieber Gerson