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Fondation Le Corbusier Paris
Missions, initiatives, programmes
Since the above date, the Foundation, in accordance with its statutes and its missions, has devoted all of its resources to the conservation, knowledge and dissemination of Le Corbusier’s work, in particular through the following initiatives:
Opening to the public
Maison La Roche and Le Corbusier’s apartment – 24 rue Nungesser et Coli – are open to visitors all year round. The Petite Maison at Corseaux (Switzerland) is likewise open to visitors.
Maison Jeanneret is daily open to students and researchers.
The Foundation publishes conjointly with the publisher Birkhauser a series of guides to the buildings: L'Unité d'habitation de Marseille and Rezé-les-Nantes, Berlin, Briey en Forêt, Firminy, Les Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret, Les Quartiers modernes Frugès à Pessac, La Villa Savoye, Le Couvent de la Tourette, La Chapelle de Ronchamp, and l'Immeuble 24 N.C.
Conservation of the architectural work
Le Corbusier’s architectural work covers four continents and eleven countries. It is the Foundation’s duty to ensure respect for moral rights over the work; it must contribute to its preservation. This obligation involves experts being sent regularly to advise owners, allocatees or occupants of buildings executed by Le Corbusier.
In the same way, all restoration and development projects, including those for executing architectural projects by Le Corbusier are submitted to a committee of experts. Part of its role, in expressing its views, is to contribute to respect for Le Corbusier’s original work. At the same time, on the basis of the committee’s recommendations, the Foundation can either decide to authorize applications or to express reservations.
The Foundation ensures the conservation of buildings bequeathed to it; it carries out rehabilitation work indispensable to conservation and respect for the buildings’ authenticity.
In July 2008 substantial renovation work will begin in Maison La Roche; the interiors are to undergo full restoration and be made to comply with visitor safety standards.
In addition to conserving and disseminating the architectural work, two further initiatives are programmed. Firstly, the Foundation has undertaken the preparation and publication of the architectural plans of all of Le Corbusier’s built work. Secondly, it has embarked on the systematic photographic coverage of his buildings throughout the world. The aim is to dispose of an exhaustive inventory of these works at the start of the 21st century.