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  • As an architectural student, I had every bit of theory and knowledge about this place ingrained in my mind, and when I had a chance to visit France, I was more excited to experience Villa Savoye then the Eiffel Tower. It was supposed to be the culmination of the five points of architecture, the perfect building.

    It's not often you are surrounded by something so familiar yet so foreign. As I explored on that rainy day, I saw the sloppy craftsmanship, the throughout details and placement of windows that I had read so much about. I sat in chairs that I had admired and took pictures that were presented in my lectures. It was a wonderful day filled with so much excitement that I'm sure even the architecture gods were smiling upon us (our proof of this was the break in the clouds for a temporary yet beautiful and sunny afternoon).

    As I started to settle down, I realized how I wouldn't want to live here for one simple reason. Most historians or architects would love to live here solely for the architect who designed it but with all that aside, I realized that it doesn't have a hearth.

    One of the most important places in any of my friend's homes is the kitchen, it is the place we all hangout, its where we cook and eat, where we drink and play games, it is the center of a home for me. The kitchen, while well designed and even innovative, was simply located in the wrong place. It was hidden in the corner, a spot that required a considerable walk to, an entrance weaving around a wall of cabinets.

    Designing homes must be one of the most daunting tasks for an architect for the sole reason that a home is where people spend so much time, the place they live. Le Corbusier's masterpiece may have been a collection of amazing spaces, many of which I would love to mimic in a home of my own, but the biggest failure of the place is the lack of a hearth. And home is where the hearth is.
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