Le Corbusier Plans. 1950 - Studies in Sunlight - Tower of Shadows (Chandigarh). English version

Abstract : While studies of sunlight are clearly in evidence in many of the Indian projects, the most consummate example of this approach is without question that made for the Tower of shadows, also known as the ‘Tower of 4 horizons’, with which Le Corbusier graced the esplanade of the Capitol at Chandigarh. The Tower rises at the North corner of the ‘Fosse de la Considération’, not far from the 24 solar hours’ diagram. Like the Open Hand and Monument to the Martyrs, the Tower is a symbolic attribute of the Capitol and has no specific function. Le Corbusier described it as ‘a very open hall, very high and shadowy’, its sombre atmosphere intended to invite meditation. It can also be seen as a sort of manifesto for the brise-soleil, demonstrating, as the architect noted, ‘that the sun can be controlled at all four cardinal points of an edifice and even manipulated in a hot country to reduce temperatures’.
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Daniel Siret. Le Corbusier Plans. 1950 - Studies in Sunlight - Tower of Shadows (Chandigarh). English version. Fondation Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier Plans, DVD N°11, Fondation Le Corbusier, Echelle-1 Codex Images International, 2006, ⟨http://e1-intl.com⟩. ⟨halshs-01249639⟩

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