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Fondation Le Corbusier

The modernist houses and studios of the 16th arrondissement were one of my
great discoveries when I first moved here. They are a reminder that for all
its historic heritage, Paris is also one of the birthplaces of modern
architecture. Corbusier designed these two adjoining villas in 1923-25. Here
you find all of his five principles of architecture (stilts, reinforced
concrete, roof terraces, strip windows, ingenious built-in furniture), with
a fascinating play of volumes and a use of colour that goes far beyond the
white box cliché. The foundation also runs Corbusier’s apartment-studio at
24 rue Nungesser et Coli, open on Saturdays.

10 square du Dr Blanche, 75016 Paris

Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil

Also known as “the municipal gardener”, these elaborate, late
19th-century greenhouses were built to

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