"Nasty press release" – Why L–C had this building almost discarded
Heidi Weber: "During the building permit phase of the museum there was much wrangling and heated debates in the local council of the city of Zurich. Of course, there were many positive votes, but also plenty of negative. And as this is in such a way, the negative voices found particularly big attention in the daily press. I have never shown these press reports Le Corbusier, have not even mentioned to some extent. Always in hope that he never finds out something about this ...Read more ...
… it was his final work in which his mission as architect, artist, philosopher, engineer, mathematician and magician came together into a single fact – tying up the strands of a lifetime.
It was the best he ever did.
Throughout the stories of our lives, we are sometimes presented with opportunities that drive us to inexplicably surpass ourselves. There may be meetings which result in projects which seem inconceivable; projects which are then happily carried out by those who lead them all the way to an enduring and positive outcome.
This building is the crowning achievement of an exemplary activity which corresponds to Le Corbusier’s will and spirit perfectly. The monument is the most worthy homage ever paid to this great man.
Heidi Weber’s insistence on a metallic construct was, therefore, happily combined with Le Corbusier’s innate tendency to experiment with and to constantly search for new manners of expression.
Bernard Weber: The genius mind of Le Corbusier that incorporated with feminine intuition was always present in my life.
Indeed, my mother never gave me the impression that Le Corbusier was a sort of superhuman. She presented him rather as a modest and many-faceted man who worked hard and who strove to bring his visions to life with exceptional perseverance and persistence. Throughout, she never neglected her role as a mother to me, her only son. Single mother? This was not an issue for her, even though this was at a time when women in Switzerland did not even have basic civil rights. She made sure that I attended the best schools, even though she was sometimes faced with mounting and overdue debts because of the construction of the museum. She would have never questioned the necessity of, or indeed have compromised, this.Read more ...