Por Anna & Eugeni Bach
Viaje de Nîmes a Eveux, 335 km, 3h 45 min.
Dirección: Couvent de La Tourette, Route de La Tourette, Éveux.
Visitas sólo a las 10h, las 14:30h y las 16h. Durada de la visita 1h 30 min. Coste 7 € / persona Noche en La Tourette + desayuno: 37€ / persona.
Toda la información sobre tarifas y horarios en http://www.couventdelatourette.fr/
Por mucho que uno haya leído y visto en todo tipo de publicaciones, la Tourette sólo se entiende cuando se visita. Es indispensable pasar una noche en el convento y realizar una de las visitas guiadas que se ofrecen; la experiencia de dormir en una de las celdas y pasear por la noche por el convento merecen la pena.
Por la mañana, antes de tomar el desayuno con los monjes, recomendamos levantarse muy pronto, antes de las 7h, para poder pasear por el convento y por los alrededores a solas. Otro ejercicio interesante es releer allí el artículo de La Tourette de Colin Rowe y seguir sus pasos alrededor del convento.
Una auténtica joya!
Le Corbusier > La Tourette, Eveux
Fuente: Le Corbusier et son atelier rue de Sèvres 35.
Œuvre complète 1957-1965 publiée par W. Boesiger. Ed Girsberger – ISBN: 3 7608 8017 7
“To dwell in the silence of men of prayer and study and to construct a church for them-this was the program proposed to Le Corbusier in 1952 under the urging of R. P. Le Couturier, by the provincial chapter of the Dominicans of Lyons . The monastic complex was to comprise a church, cloister, chapter room, study rooms, library, refectory, kitchens and about a hundred cells …
Towards the end of 1953 the study of the project began, construction started in August 1956 at Eveux-sur-I’Arbresle near Lyons and on the 1st of July 1959 the religious order took possession of the place.
lf Ronchamp is a sign, and the signs are not so numerous that they may be ignored, the convent Sainte-Marie-de-laTourette, which wi ll undoubtedly mark a stage of religious architecture, seems to be the most significant of Le Corbusier’s creations. Perhaps the reason for th is is because he never befare had the possibil ity to express his total mastery of light and space-ineffable space-while complying to requirements not only material but al so spiritual and respectful of the monastic tradition. The Convent of La Tourette is a spiritual abode, organical ly alive, within which the various parts although widely different are somehow intimately connected.
Le Corbusier’s development sin ce the Charterhouse of Ema, which he discovered in ltaly in 1911, to the Unités d’Habitation of ‘Congruent Size’ is a totality in which La Tourette appears as a confrontation anda synthesis . Le Corbusier has given the Dominicans a work of great fullness whose harmony, boldness and vigor have not ceased to astonish us …
There will be those who will try to classify the convent within a strict formula as did those after Ronchamp who tried to recall the Baroque, but the work defies classification … And even if one were to refuse to admit the creative power, will not the final judgement belong to the men of religion, who, living in this convent of our times, have discovered a work whose sacred character affirms itself in a manner both spontaneous and reflective?”
(Jean Petit: “Un Couvent de Le Corbusier “, Paris.)
The structura l trame is of rough reinforced concrete. The panes of glass located on the three exterior faces achieve, for the first time, the system called : “the undulatory glass surtace”. On the other hand, in the garden-court of the cloister,
the fenestration is composed of large concrete elements reach ing from floorto ceiling, perforated with glazed areas and separated from one another by “ventilators”: vertical slits. covered by metal mosquito netting and furnished with a pivoting shutter.
The monastery is posed in the savage nature of the forest and grasslands which is independent of the architecture itself. The facades remain in rough concrete, the several infillings being painted with whitewash.