chapter  5
22 Pages


Throughout history, but particularly during the twentieth century, architects have been seduced by powerful visual images which have been reinterpreted (or misapplied) in building types quite divorced in function and scale from the seminal work which provided the image in the first place. Therefore, the visual imagery of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (Figure 5.1), a weekend house in Poissy for a wealthy bourgeois Parisian family, has been freely applied to such diverse buildings as a scientific research establishment (Figure 5.2) or a parish church (Figure 5.3). Moreover, by way of emphasising the inherent longevity of such images, these reinterpretations post-date the original by as much as four decades. It has already been suggested that very early

in the design process, architects have in their mind’s eye some notion, however tentative, of how their building will look, and as we have already seen, most decisions made by the architect towards prosecuting a building design have profound visual consequences.