Pavillon Le Corbusier Zurich

Pavillon Le Corbusier Zurich

The Restoration of an Architectural Jewel

With much love for every detail: restoring Le Corbusier’s last building design to its original state



Title Information

Edited by the City of Zurich, Building Surveyor's Office; Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg. With photographs by Georg Aerni

1st edition

, 2019


88 pages, 85 color and 19 b/w illustrations

23 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-852-2


Situated on the shore of the Lake Zurich, Le Corbusier’s exhibition pavilion is his last realized design. Based on his Modulor proportional system and at the scale of a single-family home, it demonstrates the potential of prefabricated elements to form a perfect space for art and design. Commissioned in 1960 by Heidi Weber, Zurich-based gallery owner and patron of Le Corbusier the visual artist, this structure in steel and glass represents pivotal aspects of his architectural philosophy and also points to the future.

Architects Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg have carefully restored the Pavillon Le Corbusier to its original state, including the reconstruction of missing pieces of furniture and luminaires. This book documents their research and the restored building, featuring previously unpublished historic photographs and documents alongside newly commissioned images by Georg Aerni.

With a foreword by Wiebke Rösler Häfliger and contributions Arthur Rüegg & Silvio Schmed, and Roger Strub.


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Authors & Editors

Arthur Rüegg

, born 1942, is professor emeritus for architecture and building construction at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He took his degree in architecture from ETH Zurich in 1967 and ran his own studio ARCOOP in Zürich 1971–98. He has published widely on architecture and architectural history in books and journals and is a renowned expert on the work of Le Corbusier.

Silvio Schmed

 is a Zurich-based architect and interior designer and has realized numerous restorations and reconstructions of historic and modern architectural monuments in Switzerland.


"The beautifully designed book ranges from the vision of Heidi Weber to the original planning and construction process of the pavilion and its restoration." Regula Steinmann, Heimatschutz/Patrimoine


"You don't have to go to Zurich to immerse yourself in this fascinating Le Corbusier world, but after reading this book you will take the next best opportunity to do so." Martina Pfeifer Steiner, nextroom


"The book describes the results of the in-depth research by Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg, presents the experimental building in its historical dimensions and shows previously unpublished visual material from its construction period." Markus Schraml, formfaktor