Functionalism and the Maison de Verre


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Functionalism and the Maison de Verre
Walter Gropius claimed that to be able to design something so that it functions well, essence needed to be fully explored in order that it may perfectly serve the purpose it was designed to do. This applied whether the object was a chair, a shelf, or a house. He went on to argue that a thing must fulfill its function durably, functionally and beautifully – that’s what its purpose was. Thus like many other functionalists of his time, an adherence to the notion that “form follows function” can be seen throughout much of his work.
Further deconstruction of the term “functionalism” sees that it consists of both programmatic and structural/constructional elements. The programmatic elements pertain to the...
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..... private stairs during the day, but framed the stairs in the evening. In addition there are a series of intricate bathroom cupboards and fittings.To this extent then the functionalist aspect of the structure served to provide the residents with an appearance of being exposed. The programmatic form can be seen in the way in which the residents could utilize the space. The altering glass walls and steel beams allowed for a maximum amount of flexibility in interior design. The structural functionalism of the building can also be seen in the use of metal and glass to create the image that was ultimately desired by the purchasers of the design.
Bobbitt, Philip. The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History. New York: Knopf, 2002.