Maison blanche, La-Chaux-de-Fonds, 1912. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Maison blanche

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), or Le Corbusier, the family name of his grandmother, was a student at l’Ecole d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds (1904-1906). He started his bureau of architecture in February 1912.

The Maison blanche was his first project. He built the house for his parents, and he lived and worked in the house several years.

Le Corbusier travelled through and the Middle East. He got acquinted with modern architecture and new materials in Paris and Berlin.

The house is a monument since 1979.

The interior is based on the original construction, although some parts, such as the kitchen and the sanitary installations, were renovated. The façade, the roof and the walls and floors of the rooms still show the authentic textures and colours.

The Association Maison blanche is the owner nowadays. (Source and further information: Association Maison blanche,