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Friday01 August 2014

Still inspirational after all these years

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Ted Cullinan first visited Corbusier’s Ronchamp chapel 57 years ago. This week’s Inspiration covers his return

Ellis Woodman

Ellis Woodman- Executive Editor

BD’s monthly Inspiration series has established itself as a much-loved institution. Forty-five architects have reported on the buildings that made a powerful impact on them.

Their selections have covered a wide historical spread: the Pantheon (Renato Benedetti) being the oldest and Miralles Tagliabue’s Utrecht Town Hall of 2000 (Stephen Witherford and William Mann) the most recent. Some choices have been obscure — David Kohn’s selection of Milan’s Villa Necchi Campiglio, springs to mind — but many of the world’s most celebrated buildings have featured too.

This week Ted Cullinan’s choice of Ronchamp represents a particularly special addition to the series. It was a surprise that no one had picked it before but, given Ted’s close relationship to the building, we are delighted it was there for the taking.

His visit represents a return to the building he first saw in 1955, the week the scaffolding came down. Thankfully, his latest trip revealed it to be every bit as inspiring 57 years later.

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