North America's first structure designed by the French architect, Le Corbusier, is the new Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Background: North America's first structure designed by the French architect, Le Corbusier, is the new Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Undergraduates will find their drawing boards and work benches ready Monday (4
February) when classes begin in the Five story building.The center was given to
Harvard by Alfred St.Vrain Carpenter and the late Mrs Carpenter, of Medford,
Oregon.It will be dedicated late in May with a simple ceremony and an exhibition
of the works of Le Corbusier.
The powerful thrust of curve and angle in the architect's concrete-and-glass
design has attracted considerable attention at Harvard.The five floors are all
different in configuration...rectangles and squares broken by great asymmetrical
curves.Each floor is provided with indoor and outdoor terraces.Many of Le
Corbusier's familiar devices are present...the inter-penetration of outdoor
space and indoor space, the natural concrete surfaces, the ramp, tall columns
supporting various floors, and the "brises soleils"...concrete sun breakers
shielding all studio and workshop areas from the direct rays of the sun.
Above the two floors of design studios and shops is a large bubble-dome-shaped
seminar room shere visual communications will be taught.Other courses will deal
with urban design, French civilization, and the history of American