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

Le Corbusier and Switzerland

The career of one of Switzerland’s most famous architects started at the School of Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who adopted the pseudonym Le Corbusier in 1920, was born in 1887 in la-Chaux-de-Fonds (Canton Neuchatel). He died in 1965.

The Pavillon Le Corbusier in Zurich ( and the Maison Blanche in La Chaux-de-Fonds ( tell the story of his life and work.

(Source: C. Courtiau, Le Corbusier. Education and Training, Projects and Constructions in Switzerland, Bern 2012).