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In the Villa Savoye, again, the exceptional diagonal of the ramp is clearly expedient in section and elevation and allows Le Corbusier to create a strong opposition to the regular order of column bays and envelope.
This attitude contrasts greatly with that of Wright, whose insistence on horizontal continuity at the expense of all else is well known. Even in the unusually exposed stair at Fallingwater Wright suppresses all diagonals: there are no strings or railings, but only the horizontal planes of the treads and the vertical lines of the rods from which the stair is hung.
Similarly, in the interior Wright hides the stairs between walls (as he does in virtually all his houses), while Le Corbusier glories in the expressed diagonals of the ramp and the continuous diagonal of the spiral stair.
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