This is the first book to give such close attention to Le Corbusier's approach to the making of buildings. It illustrates the ways in which Le Corbusier's details were expressive of his overall philosophical intentions. It is not a construction book in the usual sense- rather it focusses on the meaning of detail, on the ways in which detail informs the overall architectural narrative of a building. Well illustrated and containing several specially prepared scaled drawings it acts as timely reminder to both students and architects of the possibilities inherent in the most small scale tectonic gestures.

chapter |13 pages


chapter |24 pages

Standardization and unity

chapter |33 pages

Somatic detail

chapter |28 pages

Light and dark

chapter |25 pages


chapter |26 pages


chapter |19 pages

Clouds 1959

chapter |4 pages