Villa « Le Lac » – Corseaux, Switzerland
The archetypal minimalist villa offering maximum comfort.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Villa « Le Lac » is Le Corbusier’s first project to address the issues of minimum housing and housing for the greatest number.
Built between 1923 and 1924 by Le Corbusier for his parents on a very tight budget, the house faces Lake Geneva. It is set in a walled garden of around 300m²: “The plan is installed on its own land; it fits into it like a hand into a glove” and extends over a single level of 64m². An 11-metre long bay window offers a panoramic view of the lake.
Each room is dedicated to a specific activity. The functional spaces are bathed in light and open onto the surrounding nature: the house is, in Le Corbusier’s words, a veritable “living machine”.
“Suddenly, the wall stops, and the spectacle appears: light, space, this water and these mountains… That’s it: it’s done!”
« Subitement, le mur s’arrête, et le spectacle surgit : lumière, espace, cette eau et ces montages… Voilà : le tour est joué ! »
Le Corbusier – Une petite maison, 1954
Route de Lavaux 21, CH-1802 Corseaux
20 minutes walk from Vevey station
Bus 201- Bergère stop
From 1 April to 25 June, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.
From 30 June to 27 August, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
From 2 September to 29 October, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.
CHF 12.- full price
CHF 10.- students
CHF 6.- children (aged 6-10)
Please note: payment in cash – no card payments.
CHF 120. + entrance fee
In French, German or English.