For more than five decades, a single architect traveled the world and left his mark across continents, earning himself recognition as one the founding fathers of modern architecture. It has been another five decades since his passing, and 100 years after Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, began building, Renault is reviving his ideals in automotive form.
The Renault Le Corbusier concept car was created as the off-shoot of the French marque’s design team simply having fun with their craft nearly two years ago, and as a press release issued by them today tells us, it evolved into a 21st century imagining of the architect’s aesthetic.
“The ideas of simplicity, visible and aesthetically-assumed structure, geometric elegance and mastery of light guided the designers in the creation of the Coupé Corbusier concept car,” states the release.
And of course, where better to introduce an homage to Le Corbusier than at one of his most notable creations? The Villa Savoye in Poissy was constructed between the years 1929 and 1931, as the Fondation Le Corbusier’s website describes, but its design could easily be of 21st century origins.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s passing, the French Centre des Monuments Nationaux has created an exhibit to be displayed at the Villa Savoye from Oct. 22 to March 20, 2016. Titled “Cars for living: the automobile and modernism in the 20th and 21st centuries,” it will feature all the ways modern architecture set the pace for modern car design, with this Renault creation tying the exhibit’s past into the future.
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