Notre Dame du Haut is one of those architectural masterpieces that can’t be defined or categorized.
‘Ronchamp,’ as is commonly known, has been a religious site of pilgrimage for the Catholics. In 1950, Le Corbusier was consigned by the Catholic Clerical to redesign a new church; replacing the previous church that was destroyed during World War II. The clerical was strong on the idea of a new design approach, far from the common extravagant details and ornamentation.
Notre Dame du Haut is one of those architectural masterpieces that can’t be defined or categorized. The project looks like a sculptural work of art, such that it doesn’t even resemble Le Corbusier’s ideas and aesthetics from previous projects. Instead, he focused on human reflection and meditation. He kept alive the principles of purity and openness with two detailed features:
- White walls