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Musée à croissance illimitée, Not located, 1939
The problem of extension of buildings is a task of our time, for which, until now, no solution has been found.

A series of studies over a period of ten years has led to a notable result: complete standardization of the structural elements:

one column

ne beam

one ceiling element

one illumination element for the day

one illumination element for the night.

The totality is laid out according to the Golden Section and permits an unlimited number of harmonious combinations. The fundamental principle of this Museum is that it is built on columns, the entrance at ground level is in the center of the building complex where the main hall is located, a true hall of honor, destined to house several masterpieces.

The square spiral which starts from there makes for a discontinuity in the flow of circulation, extremely favorable for attracting the required attention from the visitors. The means of orienting one's self in the museum is provided by the rooms at half-height which form a "swastika"; every time a visitor, in the course of his wanderings, finds himself under a lowered ceiling he will see, on one side, an exit to the garden, and on the opposite side, the way to the central hall. The Museum can be developed to a considerable length without the square spiral becoming a labyrinth.

A modular element about 21 ft. 6 in. wide and 13 ft. 9 in. high assures perfect, uniform lighting on the side walls encompassing the square spiral.

Occasional interruptions along these side walls can: allow communication between the different rooms, open out onto new perspectives, allow for a great number of different room arrangements.

Standardization not only introduces economy here, but also a wealth of combinations necessary for the proper organization of a Museum.

Extract from Le Corbusier, Oeuvre complète, volume 4, 1938-1946
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