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1997.08.18

Maison Dom-ino Legacy


Le Corbusier
James Stirling
John Hejduk


The Maison Dom-ino's simple column and slab construction set the precedent for much of modern architecture. Le Corbusier himself elaborated upon the paradigm with the inclusion of the "free plan." Moreover, the model of the Maison Dom-ino, with its straight forward structure and subtle distinction of vertical circulation, was further transformed by James Stirling and John Hejduk.

Maison Dom-ino   1914   Le Corbusier

The original caption reads "monolithic structure in reinforced concrete cast without framework."



Third of the "Four Compositions"   1929   Le Corbusier

The "Four Compositions" and the "Five Points" establish Le Corbusier's seminal architectural ideas. The third composition is a combination of the Maison Dom-ino and the "free plan," and is best exemplified in the design of the Villa à Carthage.



Stage set within the Palais des Congrès   1964   Le Corbusier

On the stage of the Palais des Congrès' large auditorium, Le Corbusier situated free-form changing rooms within a Maison Dom-ino structure. Designed as a permanent backdrop, this small structure is both sign and symbol of Le Corbusier's basic idea of modern architecture.



Conference Room of the Olivetti HQ   1971   James Stirling

Stirling's metamorphosis of the paradigm involves an integration of the floor slab with the "free plan," and the transformation of the original stairs into a dual set of vertical circulation comprised of an elevator and ramp.



Wall House 2 (Bye House)   1972-74   John Hejduk

Hejduk's Bye House is more or less a complete inversion of the Corbusian model. The original horizontal floor slabs become a large vertical "wall," the relationship between "rooms" and structure are turned inside-out, and the circulation between the newly exposed parts is stretched and wholly articulated.

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