Villa “Le Lac” Le Corbusier


  • The Villa "Le Lac" Le Corbusier left me with a very 'meh' impression. The tiny house, resembling a container, offers a visit to the nondescript cellar (with nothing much to see) and a flat roof (no stepping allowed). The revolutionary flat roof, met with disdain in the 1920s, led to a local ban on building structures with flat roofs in Vevey's vicinity. The rooms, once home to Le Corbusier's mother and elder brother, blend into one another. A brief 5-10 minute visit costs a steep 12 CHF, and while the caretakers are friendly, it gets crowded with French tourists. The views of the lake are spectacular, but the UNESCO Heritage site status left me scratching my head. For a more engaging experience, consider a free tour of Nestle HQ down the road, led by Mr. P. Moser, who also tends to Corbusier's Villa Lac.
  • The Villa "Le Lac" Le Corbusier is more than a mere tribute to the Swiss designer; it served as a home for his mother until she turned 100. Constructed in 1923 with less than 65 square meters of space, it exudes functionality and charm. Resembling a shipping container home, it features a ribbon window along the lakeside and a garden area. The clever use of space carves out three bedroom areas: a master bedroom, a sitting room with a guest bed area, and a loft space with bunk beds. Imagining the significance of the home for Le Corbusier and his family over 75 years makes it truly special. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it stands as a symbol of architectural innovation. Park by the Trattoria and Corseaux "beach" area, a short walk away. Admission is 12 CHF, and hours are limited.
  • A small house with big implications, Villa "Le Lac" is a testament to Le Corbusier's visionary approach to architecture. Built in the early twenties, this home for his parents on the shores of Lake Geneva is a blend of small, different, and practical. The limited surface area didn't deter Le Corbusier from envisioning the house of the future. Visiting the site is a unique experience, especially if you have the chance to meet the passionate curator, who shares insights into the place and the person behind it. Check for the limited opening hours/days before planning your visit to this landmark of innovation.


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  • Art
  • Design
  • History & Culture

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