SEEKING SHODAN

YEAR: 2013

LOCATION: Ahmedabad, India

TYPE: Research & Analysis

PROJECT TEAM: Daisy Ames

 

 
 
 

These drawings are an analysis of Le Corbusier’s Villa Shodan, in Ahmedabad, India, completed in 1957. Villa Shodan was Le Corbusier’s last villa, so his work can be viewed through the lens of lateness - his attempt to break away or further evolve from a period of true innovation into another. Villa Shodan can be read as a culmination of early-Corbuisian tropes, revisited. His postwar work is devoid of planning entirely devoted to the grid, yet he adheres to elements of the grid to articulate spaces while still exploring notions of plasticity.  The figure-ground relationship is challenged and reconstructed into numerous dialogues, creating ambiguity of figure planes and volumetric space.  

Delineation of figure, and thus the legibility of figure are informed by the concept of transparency which results in a denial of depth. The way in which Le Corbusier reinvents his earlier forms fosters multiple readings of layered space and volumetric manifestations. Villa Shodan cannot be read as one whole, a layering of vertical and horizontal planes or simply as interlocking volumes – it encompasses all of these things and constantly provides instances which encourage further inquiry. Le Corbusier’s design accomplishes a series of harmonious flowing spaces that are phenomenologically complex.