VILLA STEIN-DE-MONZIE BY LE CORBUSIER (1926–1928): CONSERVATION STRATEGIES BETWEEN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
- IUAV University of Venice, Dept. of Architecture Construction Conservation, Italy
Keywords: Le Corbusier, modern heritage, conservation, laser scanning, photogrammetry
Abstract. The paper focuses on the educational experience produced during the International Workshop, organized by the IUAV University of Venice and dedicated to both the understanding and conservation of the maison Stein-de-Monzie “Les Terrasses”, an emblematic work of Le Corbusier’s early career period.
The villa, located in Garches (Vaucresson), was designed and built between 1926 and 1928, the exact same years when Le Corbusier was elaborating the “Five Points of Architecture” (1927): the building is the first complete application of these principles, while it represents an evolution of the maison Dom-Ino’s structural scheme.
Nowadays, both the interior spaces and the external surfaces of the maison Stein-de-Monzie show profound changes caused by problematic events leading to the present-day appearance of the building, in many cases misrepresenting the original design goals.
The building’s integrated instrumental survey (laser scanning, photogrammetry, topography) allowed to document and understand the history of the villa beyond the mere and well known project phase, contributing to the definition of the actual construction characteristics and to ascertain both the material consistency and the state of conservation. The knowledge acquisition process – supported by survey data – constitutes a prerequisite to outline the design of new solutions, which could effectively express the cultural choices connected to the conservation of the Twentieth-Century built heritage.