The story of iconic architect Le Corbusier could take years to tell. His work as a painter, urban planner, designer, writer and architect is among the most fascinating of the 20th century and his impact continues to live on today. For us, Le Corbusier holds a special significance for his creations are generally seen as being the precursor of Brutalist architecture. His use of material, form and construction set the tone for the New Brutalism movement and his buildings are now legendary throughout the world. His structures can be found on nearly every continent but as a Swiss-French artist, some of his best work survives in his home country.
One of these is the Sainte Marie de La Tourette. Located on a hillside near Lyon, FR, this is the architect's final and often seen as being his most important building. The committee that decided the creation of the building, considered that the primary duty of the monastery should be the spiritual awakening of the people and in particular the inhabitants of nearby areas. Completed in 1961, from first glance you can see the Brutalist elements. A truly striking creation that exemplifies the artist's use of geometry, light and material. French photographer Olivier Humbert recently traveled to the location and captured some incredible images of the structure. His use of minimalist lines and light contrast showcase the beauty of the building while creating a mysterious, even haunting narrative. We are both pleased and honored to present the photographer's images of such an important piece of architectural history.
*all photos by Olivier Humbert