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USINE CLAUDE & DUVAL
Saint-Dié des Vosges, France, 1946 - 51
Photographs by Emmanuele Piccardo
The Claude & Duval factory initiated many of Le Corbusier primary design ideas of the postwar modern period. Along with concrete brise-soleil to shade the southeast façade, a colonnade of the pilotis, and a rooftop garden outside of the administrative offices, Corbusier introduced a system of proportion called the "Modulor," to inform the factory's proportions and open plan. Elevators moved materials from the storage room to the top floor. From there, gravity chutes guided goods down the production chain on lower floors. Central to factory activity was the double-height workshop, which receive natural light through northern windows. Today, the factory continues as a garment production center for numerous fashion houses.