German architect Valentin Gontjes van Beek and students from the Architecture Association in London have built a full-scale model of Le Corbusier’s seminal Maison Dom-Ino. The structure was constructed in the Giardini of the Venice Biennale. The AA wanted to celebrate the concept’s centenary with the construction of a 1:1 model.
First designed by Le Corbusier, it was a prototype for mass-produced European housing. Since that time, Maison has become one of the most recognizable designs of 20th-century architecture.
The structure was first conceived in concrete and steel, but the AA team worked everything from engineered timber. This allows the project to be flat packed and transported to different locations. After the biennale, it will travel to London and then Tokyo as part of the centenary program.