Istanbul, Turkey, 17 July—The World Heritage Committee this morning inscribed four new sites on the World Heritage List: the transnational serial site of The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland), along with sites in Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil and India. Today’s inscription gives Antigua and Barbuda their first World Heritage site.
List of buildings
Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret, France
Petite villa au bord du lac Léman, Switzerland
Cité Frugès, France
Maison Guiete, Belgium
Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung, Germany
Villa Savoye et loge du jardiner, France
Immeuble Clarté, Switzerland
Immeuble locatif à la Porte Molitor, France
Unité d’habitation Marseille, France
La Manufacture à Saint- Dié, France
Maison du docteur Curutchet, Argentina
Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut de Ronchamp, France
Cabanon de Le Corbusier, France
Complexe du Capitole, India
Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette, France
Musée National des Beaux-Arts de l’Occident, Japan
Maison de la Culture de Firminy, France
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement: Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20thcentury to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.
Le Corbusier is one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, and his work both built and written have had a huge impact on the world, and demonstrate major technical and conceptual changes of the Modern Movement in the field of architecture and Urbanism. His work reflects an ongoing search for new forms as well as constructive principles and models for living.
Le Corbusier wanted his work to be profoundly universal, and as such included types of programmes for all types of people. His work had an international scope, and his achievements are found on almost every continent. The architect of many projects, Le Corbusier was also a prolific theorist and his ideas were not only disseminated through his projects and constructions but also through his writings.
Several meetings organized by France and project partner countries allowed the establishment of an International Committee, composed of experts from the different countries concerned, and coordinated by the Fondation Le Corbusier, which had the responsibility of identifying and defining the nomination criteria, and to select the component parts of a series proposed for nomination, as well as to lay out arguments demonstrating the Outstanding Universal Value of the work.
This Committee was set up not only to prepare the nomination proposal but also in order to further work to consolidate or create specific networks such as those of towns where the works of Le Corbusier can be found, or to launch cooperation projects between sites and manage awareness raising activities with the owners involved or local authorities of a famous but nonetheless fragile work.
FONDATION LE CORBUSIER STATEMENT
Subsequently to the decision of the World Heritage Committee to inscribe the Architectural Work of Le Corbusier on the World Heritage List, the Fondation Le Corbusier has been delighted to note that the Oustanding Universal Value of the transcontinental series proposed by seven countries had been acknowledged by UNESCO.Responding to the challenges of architecture and society in the 20th Century, Le Corbusier’s contribution to the Moderne Movement aimed to instigate a unique forum of ideas at a world level; it facilitated the invention of a new architectural language and the modernization of architectural techniques; it met the social and human needs of modern man.
The Fondation wishes to express its deep gratitude to all those who contributed to the success of the nomination which benefited from a fruitful collaboration: the states parties (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland), the local communities and organizations which host the buildings, the owners of the buildings, inhabitants and users, and all the experts who were associated to the project.
The preservation of the modern heritage, and more specifically of Le Corbusier’s architectural work is a long term venture. The inscription on the World Heritage List of 17 buildings or sites by Le Corbusier represents a strong encouragement to continue all along Le Corbusier ‘s built work to maintain this living heritage and to hand it down to future generations. It also contributes to the understanding of that complex and fragile legacy and helps its dissemination to the widest audience.