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Mar
09

Lecture Notes: Preston Scott Cohen

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Le Corbusiers Villa Savoye, an example of promenade architecturale

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, an example of "promenade architecturale"

Charles Jencks on “Promenade Architecturale”, as experienced in Le Corbusier’s Villa La Roche (1923):

“Open the door, go under a bridge, and the tight space explodes upwards and through punched-out voids that are mysteriously backlit. Go across the triple-height space, look at the Purist paintings, one of which you now seem to be moving through, turn left up a stair, and survey the pure prisms from a balcony. Catch your breath, turn around, and proceed to the culmination, La Roche’s curved gallery… [M]ount the brown ramp to the left, to Le Roche’s aerie, his top-lit library. The spatial sequence is remarkable and remained a constant preoccupation of Le Corbusier. It also became the stock in trade of subsequent Modern architects.”

Santa Maria presso San Satiro, designed by Bramante (1482). Bramante designed an anamorphic apse to compensate for the narrow site constraints

Santa Maria presso San Satiro, designed by Bramante (1482). Bramante designed an anamorphic apse to compensate for the narrow site constraints

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San Satiro apse seen from the oblique. The anamorphic effect is revealed.

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1 Response to “Lecture Notes: Preston Scott Cohen”


  1. 1 Juan
    2011/03/13 at 8:06 pm

    Santa Maria presso San Satiro’s painting by Bramante is not an example of anamorphosis, it’s an early example of a trompe l’oeil or more accurately, of scenographia or perpectiva artificialis.


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