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Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967)

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H: 72cm x L: 98,5cm x D: 56,5cm

Genummerd: H152 aan de zijkant

Spéciale bestelling voor de stad Chandigarh, India, circa 1960

Pierre Jeanneret

Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967) was born in Geneva. He grew up in the typical Jura landscape that influenced his early childhood. He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva.  As a young student, he was a brilliant painter, artist and architect, greatly influenced by Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), his cousin and mentor for life.

In 1922, the Jeanneret cousins set up an architectural practice together. They designed many buildings, including a number of villas and vacation houses, and renovated existing buildings as well.

Their working relationship ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they collaborated once again after the War, on the plan and architecture for the city of Chandigarh in India.

Jeanneret, in collaboration with Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, was responsible for much of Chandigarh's large civic architecture project. His most remarkable contribution has undoubtedly been the designing of the fourteen categories of mass-housings that constitute the living and amenity areas of Chandigarh. Jeanneret, along with Ar. Jugal Kishore Chowdhary, Ar. Bhanu Pratap Mathur and Er. Agya Ram, was responsible for a significant amount of designing for the Panjab University, including the Gandhi Bhawan and the University Library.

Jeanneret stayed on in Chandigarh after its construction, advising the local government in his appointed capacity as Chief Architect of the city. In order to commemorate his legacy, the Chandigarh Administration has restored his residence, and converted it into a Museum dedicated to his contributions to the city.

As well as buildings, Jeanneret also designed furniture, both independently and with Le Corbusier. He experimented with minimalist design.