The chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, designed by Le Corbusier, is located in Ronchamp. The Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, a shrine for the Catholic Church at Ronchamp was built for a reformist Church looking to continue its relevancy. Warning against decadence, reformers within the Church looked to renew its spirit by embracing modern art and architecture as representative concepts. Father Couturier, who would also sponsor Le Corbusier for the La Tourette commission, steered the unorthodox project to completion in 1954.
This work, like several others in Le Corbusier’s late oeuvre, departs from his principles of standardization and the machine aesthetic outlined in Vers une architecture. It is interesting to note though, that even in this project, the structural design of the roof was inspired by the engineering of airfoils.
The chapel is clearly a site-specific response. By Le Corbusier’s own admission, it was the site that provided an irresistible genius loci for the response, with the horizon visible on all four sides of the hill and its historical legacy for centuries as a place of worship.
This historical legacy weaved in different layers into the terrain — from the Romans and sun-worshippers before them, to a cult of the Virgin in the Middle Ages, right through to the modern church and the fight against the German occupation. Le Corbusier also sensed a sacral relationship of the hill with its surroundings, the Jura mountains in the distance and the hill itself, dominating the landscape.
The nature of the site would result in an architectural ensemble that has many similitudes with the Acropolis, starting from the ascent at the bottom of the hill to architectural and landscape events along the way, before finally terminating at the sanctum sanctorum itself, the chapel.
The building itself is a comparatively small structure enclosed by thick walls, with the upturned roof supported on columns embedded within the walls. In the interior, the spaces left between the wall and roof, as well as asymmetric light from the wall openings serve to further reinforce the sacral nature of the space and buttress the relationship of the building with its surroundings.
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dta (77117) 2014-02-03 2:38
Hello Csaba ,
This is a splendid view of the famous Church of Ronchamp , especially for the contrast of the white walls with the blue-grey sky .
snunney (97519) 2014-02-03 3:46
A fine capture of this unusual church designed by Le Corbusier. Your point of view shows the interesting architecture to good effect. Like Denis, I very much like the contrast in tone between the threatening sky and the beige coloured walls.
Sergiom (77359) 2014-02-03 5:00
Très spectaculaire cette architecture moderne servie à l'ancienne. Le point de vue et le cadrage sont excellents, mais ce que j'aime en particulier , c'est ce ciel magnifique en arrière plan.
jemaflor (96037) 2014-02-03 8:48
Intéressante présentation pour cette église aux lignes architecturales originales, la luminosité et la netteté sont parfaites, bonne valorisation de l'édifice avec ta photo bien réussie.
tenretin (2545) 2014-02-03 10:25
Contemporary Architects have signed the most beautiful religious buildings. This one is no exeption to the rule.
Well seen and well composed.
Thank you for sharing.
npecanhuk (74860) 2014-02-04 16:34
Very interesting, unique and attractive construction!
Truly beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all very good photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6636)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, ZeissVario-SonnarT*14,3-71,5 f/ 2,8-4,8, Soligor Blueline UV 67mm
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-03 2:23