Michael Rouchell sends to TradArch a wonderful sketch of the new addition to the Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier’s pathbreaking modernist house of 1931 in suburban Paris. As intended, the addition raises interesting questions. Modernists are wary of additions to their work in contrasting styles. When the Dulles International Airport terminal by Eero Saarinen was doubled in size, the additions (extending the building at each end) were identical to the original style – verboten for traditional buildings. But when a compatible addition to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum on New York City’s Fifth Avenue was proposed, modernists went nutso.
Real-world solutions to design problems inevitably paint modernists into an uncomfortable corner. In the case of the Villa Savoye, the concern, as one TradArcher pointed out, is that the uninitiated might imagine that the Villa has been added recently to the original traditional house.
So, here’s mud in your eye!