This disciplined design allowed Pierre Jeanneret to develop a specific, abundant work which while covering multiple programs and needs had to make up the homogenous, yet non-monotonous fabric of the city. Therefore, even though he had to follow the planning instructions of Le Corbusier, he was personally in charge of the construction of housing for all social categories, from nursery schools to university buildings, a host of hotels, various homes for MPs, open-air theaters, the Town Hall, City Centre, the Chandigarh Central State Library and the Gandhi Bhawan, a beautiful construction where Pierre Jeanneret fully expressed his talent. (…)
Pierre Jeanneret at his desk in the Architects’ Office now referred to as the Old Architect Center, identifiable by its chimney in the background. Various pieces of furniture and accessories ”fixed” by PJ. On the bookcase, statue of Modulor, “Bull” painting by Le Corbusier. Taped to the wall is a large collage of Le Corbusier which is later found framed in a bedroom (Le Corbusier’s bedroom?) of PJ’s house. Around 1955.
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