not an easy book
Lutyens' work abounds in devices: the split at the side of the house called The Salutation in Sandwich, is an expedient device which is spatial. By introducing natural illumination at the central stair landing, it breaks the order and promotes surprise in the classical prism of the house.
Le Corbusier today is a master of the eventful exception, another technique of accommodation. He breaks the order of the bays in the ground floor of the Villa Savoye by moving one column and removing another, as I have shown, to accommodate exceptional circumstances involving space and circulation. In this eloquent compromise Le Corbusier makes the dominant regularity of the composition more vivid.
The exceptional location of windows, like the eventful exception in columns, usually produces an altered symmetry. For example, the windows at Mount Vernon do not follow an exact symmetrical pattern. Instead, the window pattern is the result of earlier renovations, and it breaks the dominant order of the central pediment and symmetrical wings.
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