Serie La Tourette

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Serie Le Couvent de la Tourette

The Dominican Convent of La Tourette (France)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites (since 2016)
Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
Iannis Xenakis (1922 – 2001)
André Wogenscky (1916 – 2004)


More about master photographer and a great friend, Lucien Hervé:
Lucien Hervé photographs of architecture and artworks by Le Corbusier, 1949-1965, The Getty Research Institute:
London exhibition 2021:

We made a video portrait of Lucien Hervé’s work in Chandigarh, India, Le Corbusier’s only realised modern city design (1947 onwards):
Chandigarh vu par Lucien Hervé (1993-2013)


This Serie covers more than 250 (analogue) photos – not all digitised thus not on display yet.

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Website of the Couvent de la Tourette

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More on composer and architect Iannis Xenakis

Xenakis: The Le Corbusier years

Xenakis arrived in France in November 1947. With the help of several Greek friends (among them the architect Georges Candilis), he was almost immediately hired as an engineer in the team of Le Corbusier, where for several years he dealt with calculations and the design of structural elements of the Housing Units of Marseilles and Nantes. Later, for the Nantes Unit, he designed the façades of the kindergarten on the roof-terrace, where one can recognize the “neumes” (elements for the notation of Gregorian chant), as well as a “stochastic” distribution of the prefabricated windows, calculated from the Modulor.
Iannis Xenakis Pans de verre ondulatoires La tourette cloister, Le corbusier, 1965 Lyon, France
Iannis Xenakis
Pans de verre ondulatoires
La tourette cloister, Le corbusier,
1965 Lyon, France
© Prosper Jerominus 1995
At the same time he was working as an advisory engineer on the projects for Chandigarh, the new city that Le Corbusier began building in 1951 in India. Xenakis worked on the structure of the Supreme Court and the hyperbolic tower of the Assembly, which houses the Parliament. It was during construction of the Secretariat (housing all Ministries) that he came up with the idea of his celebrated “undulating glass panels”. In order to avoid a monotonous repetition of standard elements in the immense façade of the building, Le Corbusier asked Xenakis to develop a principle for windows that he had caught sight of during the Chandigarh construction. For reasons of economy, the “raw” glass panels of the windows are placed directly into concrete, and their initial width is retained. The resulting window configurations are very vivid. Xenakis developed the dimensions of the glass panels according to the blue and red series of the Modulor. Thanks to the resulting effect of dilatation and contraction, the façade seems to become a dynamic membrane.
The principle finds its most virtuoso application in the Tourette monastery, a project that Xenakis worked on as of 1954, with the western façade conceived as a great architectural counterpoint. Here he transforms the traditional Dominican structure (a rectangle around an interior garden, closed on one side by a church) into a sophisticated unit of circulation and remarkable plays of light. In this project, almost all the “free” forms were drawn by Xenakis: the chapel, shaped like a grand piano with its “light canons”; the “machine-guns” in the chapels; the stilts shaped like a comb over the western wing; the helicoidal stairs[2].
It was during this period that he met Olivier Messiaen and Hermann Scherchen, who were to be strong influences on the young composer and architect; he was putting the finishing touches to his first great composition, Metastasis.

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An architectural visit of Le Couvent de La Tourette

Architectural visit guided by Architect Bernard Huet, 1992

Bernard Huet’s work

La Fondation Le Corbusier

Bernard Huet
Photo: Emmanuelle Sarrazin, 1996

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Visite au couvent de La Tourette by Bernard Huet (April 1996)

Massilia 2011. Annuaire d’études corbuséennes
Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris
Éditions Imbernon, Marseille, 2011
ISBN : 978-2-919230-037

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Lucien Herve photo session with Camille – Paris 1999 – Paris 1999
‘A Lucien Hervé,
Qui m’a fait découvrir
Dans les volumes;
Les formes,
Dans le blanc.
La poésie,
Dans le noir.
1 Janvier 1999 Paris
Jérôme Bertrand 1996

Student’s Project: ‘Timeless photography’


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