United States of America Us

EPFL Press EPFL Press EPFL Press EPFL Press



Le Corbusier’s apartment-studio is an iconic object of the twentieth century, combining the indisputable material values of the building with the intangible “sense of place” of an architect’s home. Le Corbusier, who lived there from 1934 until his death in 1965, treated it as a permanent construction site—a unique place of spatial, plastic and constructional experimentation.

Phases of change at “24NC” are overlaid as a palimpsest, and the apartment’s “many lives” create major philosophical problems for conservation. A study of its material history over time reveals a simple fact: the “stratigraphy” itself, hard to unscramble yet rich in meaning, is key to the object’s importance.

This first monograph on the apartment-studio, richly illustrated with largely unpublished visual material, presents research undertaken by the authors for the Fondation Le Corbusier during preparatory investigations for the program of restoration.


  • PREFACE – Antoine Picon
  • FOREWORD – Franz Graf and Giulia Marino
  • 1931-1934: CONSTRUCTION – “They are asking us for a mansion block to lease in Boulogne. If it happens I’ll have a roof over my head”
  • 1934-1965: THE LE CORBUSIER PERIOD – “It was risky for me to go and live in my own architecture. But it’s actually wonderful”
  • 1965-2014: LE CORBUSIER’S LEGACY – Apartment-studio as ‘historical monument’
  • GUIDELINES FOR RESTORATION – Conservation of a palimpsest
  • Sources and Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments and Photograph credits


Publisher: EPFL Press

Author(s): Franz Graf, Giulia Marino

Collection: Architecture

Published: 24 august 2022

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 200

Format (in mm) Book: 210 x 270

Weight (in grammes): 1060 (Book)

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782889154845

From the same author
In the same collection
Related topics