Zurich's Pavillon Le Corbusier Serves As A Monument to A Pioneer of Modern Architecture

The Pavillon Le Corbu­sier in Zurich is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Photography by Georg Aerni.

All the building components, including the canopy of welded steel plates, were prefabricated off-site. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Modulor Man, 7 feet 5 inches of iron from toe to outstretched fingertip, represents Le Corbusier’s ideal measurement for human habitation. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Exterior panels are enameled steel. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Granite floor slabs flow through a gallery. Photography by Georg Aerni.

One side of the building was conceived as a functioning house, with a kitchen, despite never being intended for habitation. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Le Corbusier consulted with Jean Prouvé on the facade, which rises alongside a man-made pond. Photography by Georg Aerni.

A material Le Corbusier championed throughout his career, concrete makes one of its few appearances here for the staircase. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Mechanicals were left exposed, then painted red for heating, yellow for electrical, and blue for plumbing. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Paneling and a door are veneered in oak. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Panels are bolted into a steel frame. Photography by Georg Aerni.

A chimney next to the staircase is clad in painted steel. Photography by Georg Aerni.

Rubber matting softens the roof terrace. Photography by Georg Aerni.

A time line lists significant events in Le Corbusier’s life. Photography by Georg Aerni.

The basement gallery, with its Le Corbusier benches, hosts temporary exhibitions such as this one of his drawings. Photography by Georg Aerni.

His chairs welcome viewers in a gallery. Photography by Georg Aerni.

A stair landing overlooks his wool tapestry. Photography by Georg Aerni.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Georg Aerni.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Georg Aerni.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Georg Aerni.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Georg Aerni.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Georg Aerni.

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