Cité de Refuge
Yale School of Architecture
Shifting centers, axial alignments, and surface vs. volume were primary themes in this analysis of Le Corbusier’s Cité de Refuge. Moving from the street-level entry to the roof, surface and volume trade hierarchy along the promenade architecturale. The prismatic pavilions of the entry sequence elements are engaged by surfaces at their edges which eventually define the main entry space before giving way to the sheer vertical face of the taut glass facade. At the roof, surface gives way to volume, articulating a smaller scale of “pavilions.” All volumes are read in relation to – and in tension with – the dominant glass surface.