Villa Shodhan, Ahmedabad, India, 1951
This villa has a story: The commission was given to Le Corbusier in 1951 for the residence of a Mr. Hutheesing, Sec­retary of the Millowners, with a set of requirements primarily personal, complicated and subtle. Just when the construction plans were completed Mr. Hutheesing there upon sold them to Mr. Shodhan, who owned another plot and desired to start construction immediately. As luck would have it, Le Corbusier's Indian projects are always dictated a priori by the Indians. The transfer of this house to a new plot was therefore a perfectly natural event.

The plans reveal an evident structural simplicity, but also, countering this, a wonderful plasticity in the handling of the rooms-in their form, their dimensions, in the shadows of the brise-soleil on the façades and of the roof parasol, and, moreover, in the hanging gardens swept by an orchestration of benificient air currents. This plan recalls the ingenuity of the Villa Savoye of 1929-30 at Poissy, placed here in a tropical and Indian setting, as well as in Le Corbusier's post-1950 style.

The raw concrete of the façades, showing the imprint of the wooden formwork, is purposely left unfinished; the forms are made from what wood was available. A smooth finish appears only under the roof parasol and on the interior ceilings-these forms are therefore of sheet-metal, and the resulting surface will receive intense color magnifying the raw concrete.

A characteristic element is furnished by the ramp which leads to the mezzanine and to the main level. Above, the accommodations are disposed in the space of a "hanging garden", on several levels, constituting three apartments, separate and yet in contact with one another. At the ground level, application of the "optimum pavement" Modulor.

Extract from Le Corbusier, Oeuvre complète, volume 6, 1952-1957
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