By the time Le Corbusier introduced “Toward an Architecture” houses and architecture in general was perceived as something heavy and solid. The materials, which were most commonly used were known for ages: stone, timber, bricks.

However, Le Corbusier foreseen that just as engineers at that time started to erect magnificent constructions, steamships and cars with industrial materials, the same future awaits architecture.

He pointed steel, glass and reinforced concrete for the shift from the previous thick and impractical materials. He said that the quality of architecture doesn’t rely merely on materials. At the very beginning of his famous book “Toward an Archtiecture” he presents ‘Three reminders to Architects‘, which are respectively:

  • Volume
  • Surface
  • Plan

The reminders are in fact the very essence of architecture. He said that, although industraial materials have extremely different character, given they are put in order and undergo architect’s coherent idea, they may become as magnificent as the previous historic architecture.


Le Corbusier, Toward an Architecture


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