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“Good building, annoying art installation”
Review of Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Poissy
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Owner description: The Villa Savoye is an internationally-renowned masterpiece built by architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret – better known as Le Corbusier – and Pierre Jeanneret, between 1928 and 1931. The villa, designed for the Savoye family (hence its name), is acknowledged as one of the founding examples of the modern architecture movement. Open:> 1st March to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.> 2nd May to 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st September to 31st October: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.> 2nd November to 29th February: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Mondays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and from 25th December to 1st January. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Went with my sister and brother in law who are architects and wanted to see the space. It was interesting even for the non architect, but someone who just likes modern architecture. I thought the house and permanent exhibit were good and worth the trip out.

What was extremely annoying and detracted from the trip was the temporary exhibit "The Light Hours". It consisted of solar panels running speakers and annoying mechanical beeping noises. These were repetitive and grating and made you want to get out of the space instead of linger. The exhibit is done the end of June 2014 so anyone after should be in for a better tour.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Designed by Le Corbusier, this modern structure is most interesting..
My Granddaughter is a student of Architecture and visiting Villa Savoye was on her list of must see places to visit in and around Paris. Because she had the foresight to bring her student identification there was no admission charge for her.
Our hotel arranged a taxi from Paris to Poissey where the house is located but you can take the train and pick up a taxi at the station. The cost was 57 Euros for the three of us which was a bargain to be driven door to door. On Wednesday the tour is given in English by a wonderful young Frenchman who is a wealth of information. Whether or not Modern Architecture is high on your list, a visit to Villa Savoye wil certainlyl be worth the trip!.

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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Any architecture enthusiast should definitely add the Villa Savoye to his Paris itinerary: I won't go into details about how amazing this structure is - suffice it to say that I was knocked off my feet the first time I visited, both by the way the building is tied to the surrounding nature and by the way it appears to float above the ground..Glorious. And this despite the fact that a lot of work could be done to restore off its original beauty both externally and internally. It is also worth noting that the original view from the house and grounds has been modified as a hedge has been plated at a point that was not even at the half way mark of the original property, cutting out an extraordinary view over the park and down to the river.

Some information that might come in handy for your visit:

BEFORE YOUR VISIT: Read up on Le Corbusier's work, ideas, theories and the Villa Savoye itself. A good place to start is the Wiki article...

HOW TO GET THERE: From Paris you can easily take the RER ligne A to Poissy Station (end of the line. Be aware that you need a more expensive ticket to get here). Leave the station from the "Place de la Gare" exit. Upon exiting turn left under the covered passage to the bus station and take bus no 50 - direction "la Coudraie" (you can use a local metro ticket on the bus or buy a ticket from the driver). Get off at the bus stop "Villa Savoye".

AFTER YOUR VISIT: Instead of taking the bus back to the station turn left upon leaving the villa and wander down the road. Then take the third road to your left (Alée des Glaieuls). Keep going through the charming little houses your their beautiful gardens until you come to the "Enclos de l'Abbaye". Here you can either turn left down into the marvellous "Parc Meissonier" - a typical French parc which is a lot larger than it look at first, or continue straight down the "Enclos de l'Abbaye" which will take you through the medieval heart of Poissy - including the remains of the Abbey from the 14th century. You will come out at the "Musée de Jouet" (Toys Museum) itself worth a visit!

From here turn left down Avenue Meissonier to come to the church "Collegiale Notre Dame" a 12th century church in which the king Saint Louis was baptised (he was born in Poissy). If you are fluent in French there is a long wiki article dedicated to this church.

The shortest route back to the train station from here is to follow Rue Saint-Louis (just turn right at the church) and take the third right at the traffic lights (Av. Maurice Berteaux) which will take you straight to the station. Alternatively, if you are feeling peckish, at the lights you could make a sharp right into Rue du Général de Gaulle - the towns central shopping street. Great fare can be found at "La Chaumière" (1st right - Rue au Pain), the brasserie "Batignolle" on the same crossroads, or for a very good sushi restaurant the Hokkaido just 100 m further down.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

If you are interested in modern architecture, this short train trip to Poissy is a great morning adventure. The guided tour of the house was provided (in French) by an enthusiastic docent. The house is beautiful of course, but I was dissapointed that it wasn't staged with furntiure, art, or accessories of the period. Same for Corbu's Villa Roche in Paris. They feel cold and sterile, which might leave you with the wrong impression. But, from architectural perspective they are both important and worthwhile to visit. Please read about both houses before you visit, especially if your French is not strong. We waited a while for a bus at train station in Poissy, so finally snagged taxi from nearby stand. Driver gave us his card, so we were able to call him when we were finished to go back to train station.

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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Villa Savoyve has worth to visit. The place designed by Great architect "Le Corbusier" in around '20 which there has not much architecture like this in that period. He was a leading modernism architect at that time.

If you go by Train you should aware that RER line A has many destinations. I told the ticket booth that i need to go Poissy but she gave me a wrong destination. When I arrived Poissy, I cannot get out of the station. Luckily, there has some nice woman with good English around there, so she talked to the officer about this problem. They seem not to care so much but they let me out, anyway.

If you are alone traveller, Please beware some pick-pocket or someone who come to you with millions ways to ask for money. Because Poissy is a bit far from Paris. It took around 45 min or 1 hr (i cannot rememnber, but around that). So There are more n more less people when the thair goes farer.

But The place is nice. Clean, Fresh air, Good people. Worth for architecture lover to visit.

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