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
Still in Belgrade, the web site about Belgrade’s culture, art and clubs scene, in cooperation with UK Parobrod presents a photo exhibition: “Yugoslav architecture: Living Past”. It will take place in gallery space of UK Parobrod from the 3rd of November to 10th of November and offers pictures shoot by David Pujodo between 2012 and 2014, a movie and a installation by Danilo Stojic and Srink FM, all about post war Yugoslav architecture.
UK Parobrod: Kapetan Misina 6a, 11000 Belgrade
From April the 11th to the 21th is taking place the Coachella festival. But rather than talk about how to dress or celebrity looks at this event, I want to tell you about architecture! The Coachella Valley is not only a music festival that distraught fashionistas, it is also Palm Springs and its dream homes. From the 20s, the whole Hollywood, like Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra, seeks refuge in this city lost in the dessert.Between 1930 and 1965, the villas are built in a very particular style, typical of the location: the mid-century modern or desert modernism. It is inspired by the Bauhaus movement and is characterized by expansive glass walls and windows, dramatic rooflines, wide overhangs, steel and plastic combined with wood and stone, open floor plans, outdoor living spaces incorporated into the overall design. The most representative architects of the movement are William F. Cody, Albert Frey, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams. The most beautiful houses are located in the north of the city. I had the chance to stay in one of these located next to the famous Kaufmann House. The time of a weekend, I could imagine being a famous socialite of the mid-1900s. Unfortunately, the sun was not at the rendezvous the day I took the pictures.