Pavillon Le Corbusier

Zurich / Switzerland / 1967

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The pavilion is run as a public museum by the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich on behalf of the City of Zurich and will be reopened on 11 May 2019.


The Pavillon Le Corbusier came about thanks to the initiative and great dedication of the interior designer, gallery owner, and patron Heidi Weber. She won over Le Corbusier for the project, obtained building rights for fifty years for the land on the Blatterwiese meadow from the City of Zurich, and drove forward the construction with patience and perseverance despite many difficulties. Work on the building began in 1964, but came to a stop with Le Corbusier’s death in August 1965. Afterwards, a new project team had to be put together to successfully complete the building.


The pavilion was inaugurated in 1967 as the last design by Le Corbusier. When the lease on the land expired, ownership passed to the City of Zurich in 2014. Eva Wagner was hired to manage the museum for four years, after which the pavilion was extensively renovated and repaired from October 2017 to February 2019. For this purpose, the architects Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg meticulously analyzed the landmarked building in order to restore it with consummate expertise and great attention to detail. Today, the Pavillon Le Corbusier shines forth again with the same freshness, elegance, and bright colors as when it was first built.


Facts about the building
Client: Heidi Weber
Architects: Design: Le Corbusier
Construction management 1961–66: Willy Boesiger
Execution 1966–67: Alain Tavès and Robert Rebutato
Engineers: Steel structure: Louis Fruitet
Façade studies: Jean Prouvé
Renovation 2017–19: Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg on behalf of the city of Zurich

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    The pavilion is run as a public museum by the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich on behalf of the City of Zurich and will be reopened on 11 May 2019. The Pavillon Le Corbusier came about thanks to the initiative and great dedication of the interior designer, gallery owner, and patron Heidi Weber. She won over Le Corbusier for the project, obtained building rights for fifty years for the land on the Blatterwiese meadow from the City of Zurich, and drove forward the construction with...

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