Palais des Congrès: Auditorium and Stage



11.1 Maison Dom-ino prototype, 1914. Le Corbusier. Axonometric.
11.2 Composition Three, 1929. Le Corbusier. Axonometric.
11.3 Composition Three, 1929. Le Corbusier. Plan.
11.4 Palais des Congrès, 1964. Le Corbusier. Plan of the stage set in the auditorium for 2000 people.
11.5 Palais des Congrès, 1964. Le Corbusier. Perspective view of the stage set in the auditorium for 2000 people.
11.6 Palais des Congrès, 1964. Le Corbusier. Stage set axonometric.
11.7 Wall House 2, 1972-75. John Hejduk. Axonometric.

On the stage of the Palais des Congrès' large auditorium, Le Corbusier placed some free-form changing rooms within a Maison Dom-ino structure. This permanent 3-dimensional backdrop is a paradigm of Le Corbusier's seminal ideas of architecture--it recalls the Maison Dom-ino prototype (1914), Composition Three (1929), and more recently the porter's lodge at La Couvent de la Tourette. Set on a stage, this small structure is a tangible symbol of Le Corbusier's message, and, in some ways, it is also a swan song. Perhaps John Hejduk's Wall House 2 is the best example of how far this particular set of Le Corbusier's ideas can go.

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