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11 Superb New Shots of Le Corbusier's Iconic Brutalist Convent

All photos by Alicja Dobrucka via Dezeen.

The best photography—and certainly the best design and architecture photography—gets the viewer to stop and look at something minute, banal, or otherwise unassuming and really consider it, on its own terms. For a Brutalist icon like Le Corbusier's 1960 Couvent Sainte Marie de la Tourette in Éveux, France—a building that has been feverishly examined from every angle, inside and out, by historians and artists alike—this exercise can be especially eye-opening. The photographer, Polish lenswoman Alicja Dobrucka, calls La Tourette (as it's known) "random and eccentric" and she's right. The Dominican convent's quirky massing, eclectic geometries, and seemingly helter-skelter window arrangement have long made it one of the period's most brilliant examples of the style. You need only look closely to take in its beauty.


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