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Corbusier’s simple hilltop chapel challenges our obsession with technology, says the BDP chair
Wonder: Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France
Architect: Le Corbusier, 1954
Nominator: Chris Harding, BDP
Totally free architecture. No programme other than the service of the Mass – one of the oldest institutions. Le Corbusier
Le Corbusier’s rural chapel at Ronchamp is my favourite building. I first saw a picture of Ronchamp before studying architecture. The white plastic shapes and giant upturned roof (which I later discovered was inspired by a crab shell picked up on Long Island in 1946) looked like nothing I’d seen before.
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