A Key Building
The Maison blanche is a witness to the pioneering architecture of the 20th century and the development of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier); his characteristic neoclassic style breaks with the regional Art Nouveau and is based on his experience in Paris as a student of Auguste Perret and in Berlin with Peter Behrens: “It attempts to show L’Eplattenier a different type of architecture. Earlier houses present a picturesque exterior image. The villa Jeanneret-Perret departs from that image to turn from the inside to the exterior.” (Jacques Gubler, Professor, Department of Architecture, EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), revue Architecture, 15.11.1987).
"The basic structure of the building consists of only the exterior walls and four interior pillars 50 x 60 cm. The remaining walls are light partitions which can easily be replaced without great cost [...] the proportions of all the rooms have been carefully studied and [...] the proportions of certain rooms obey particular laws of architecture which have become completely lost today, and but which were used earlier during the great eras of antique art (mathematical ratio, length, depth, height).
Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, notice of sale, 21.01.1919.
The organization of the interior spaces changes on each floor on the basis of a similar structure.