Design Concept of the Day: Le Corbusier Voiture Minimum (1936)

July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

And today, it’s one from the archives – 1936, to be precise. Gordon Murray’s T.27 and T.25 have reminded me of this lightweight three-seater, a minimalist, aerodynamic and ultra-practical proposal for a city runaround. Legendary architect, designer and urbanist Le Corbusier submitted drawings of  this Voiture Minimum for a competition; it never progressed beyond this stage, but it’s been hailed as highly influential in the world of car design.

Voiture Minimum was probably not the forerunner to the Beetle and 2CV – despite Corbu’s claims that they’d ripped off his ideas – but it was innovative nonetheless. As today’s demands again see an interest in microcars and ultra-economical solutions, its concept is still relevant.

The story of Voiture Minimum is analysed in an excellent and thoroughly-researched new book by Spanish architect/academic Antonio Amado, and here’s a feature wot I wrote about it earlier this year for the Telegraph.

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