The church of Saint Pierre de Firminy is one of the last projects of Le Corbusier. The construction began in 1970, five years after the architect’s death, and was completed in 2006. The place is not officially a church even though Catholic services are celebrated in the nave. Parish halls, located under the church, serve as exhibition and conferences space especially about Le Corbusier’s work. The building is made entirely of concrete. Light enters the church through holes in the dome that form the constellation Orion. I visited the place at night. The beauty of the simplicity of concrete mix with the sets of lights and colors make the location absolutely amazing and totally mystique which is rare for a modern church building. For architecture fans, Centre Pompidou in Paris offers a retrospective on Le Corbusier’s work until August 3, 2015.
Saint Pierre de Firminy : Rue des Noyers, 42700 Firminy, France