Le Corbusier’s last building, the Heidi Weber Museum
in Switzerland now has its own site, although the museum itself appears to be closed until next summer. The building isn't one of his best, but has a certain poignant status due to its completion two years after Corb's death in 1965. At the last minute, it seems that the all-concrete concept was swapped for lighter steel construction.
Some more of the architect's designs were completed posthumously, including the remarkable Saddam Hussein Gymnasium
in Baghdad. Designed in 1964, but not completed until 1980, we've only ever seen this building published once in an obscure monograph. Finished in muscular, brutal concrete, it's a powerful architectural statement. Is it still standing?
Now this is odd. The throwaway reference to an obscure guidebook
revealed this little nugget: ‘The island
is rarely visited, but two events in its history are rather mysterious: first, a sunken lifeboat and assorted supplies were discovered on the island in 1964, but their origin could not be determined .Then, in September 1979, a thermonuclear bomb blast was detected to the west of Bouvetoya, though no country ever admitted to setting off a nuclear device there.’ A few searches confirmed that the mystery remained unsolved, although the finger of suspicion pointed to South Africa
. We also like the idea of non-existent islands, rising and falling thanks to constant seismic activity. Visit some end of the earth maps, old
, for chilly inspiration.
Elsewhere. Two fine Photographica
. Roadside America's
parking lot remnants: I