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Le Corbusier and Modern architecture

Modern architecture, sometimes known as modernist architecture, is a design aesthetic focused on cutting-edge building materials including glass, steel, and reinforced concrete. Form should ideally follow function, minimalism is embraced, and decoration is rejected. It first appeared in the early 20th century. After World War II, it rose to prominence until the 1980s, when postmodern architecture progressively replaced it as the main architectural style for corporate and institutional structures. Technology, engineering, and building material breakthroughs around the end of the 19th century led to the development of modern architecture. A desire to create something wholly fresh and functional, rather than adhering to traditional architectural designs.

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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, famously known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now regarded as modern architecture. His career spanned an astonishing 5 decades, during which he designed buildings in multiple countries like Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America. As an architect, he was extremely dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities, he was an influential urban planner. His mastery over his skills is quite vividly reflected in the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India. He not only designed parks, sculptures, buildings but also Government buildings.

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Le Corbusier prepared the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India, and contributed specific designs for several buildings there, especially the government buildings like the Palace of the National Assembly, the High Court of Justice; the Palace of the Secretariat of Ministers, and the Palace of the Governor. His design called for the use of raw concrete, the surface was left unsmoothed and unpolished which showed the form marks when it dried. Construction of the High Court of Justice began in 1951 and finished in 1956. The building was radical in its design; a parallelogram topped with an inverted parasol, along the walls were high concrete grills. Its entry features a monumental ramp and columns that allow the air to circulate. Le Corbusier added touches of colour and texture with an immense tapestry in the meeting hall and large gateway decorated with enamel. Apart from this Le Corbusier also designed the Musée National Des Beaux-Arts De L'occident in Japan, Maison De La Culture, Church Of Saint Pierre, Usine Claude Et Duval Factory and Villa Savoye all based in European countries.















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