Esprit Nouveau Pavilion was designed for the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris France in 1925. Le Corbusier’s idea behind the temporary construction was to showcase his ideas of architecture and urbanism through a provocative design. During the time of construction, Le Corbusier’s ideas were regarded as being an unusual way to introduce domestic spaces. The building is composed of two different modules that were initially designed separately but later merged together to create the pavilion. The modules were designed so that they could easily be replicated and reconstructed all over European cities.
The style of the time was Art Nouveau and it was mostly a form of decorated art. Esprit Nouveau Pavilion received a lot of criticism upon its completion for the lack of detail and its use of space. Through the model below I wanted to show how powerful of an impact the minimalistic façade has on building as a whole. I chose to cut out the front elevation of the wall of windows and the pavilion, to show how the two come together to create a very open, yet private space. While there is no ornamentation to the building, its clean lines and sleek exterior create enough detail for the design to be powerful and inviting.