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Design of the eighth banknote series

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10-franc note

Main colour: Yellow
Dimensions: 126 x 74 mm
Date of issue: 8 April 1997
Personality: Le Corbusier
 

Remember this man's picture.

The portrait on the front side of the 10 franc banknote shows Charles Edourd Jaenneret, better known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965), one of the outstanding masters of modern design. Le Corbusier was an architect, town planner, urbanist, painter and theoretician whose creative energies focused on the human being. This orientation is expressed, above all, in his pioneering concepts of residential design and urban planning. Le Corbusier used skeleton construction and prefabrication techniques in an innovative industrial approach to building - for example in the government complex in Chandigarh, India. Moreover, he influenced modern design and gained international recognition as a designer of furniture and as an architect of sacred buildings, for example the famous pilgrim church of Notre-Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp.

 
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Microtext (front)

LE CORBUSIER ARCHITECTE URBANISTE PEINTRE E THÉORICIEN A APPLIQUÉ DES IDÉES VISIONNAIRES ET RÉVOLUTIONNAIRES POUR LA CONSTRUCTION ET L'URBANISME

LE CORBUSIER ARCHITETTO URBANISTA PITTORE E TEORICO HA APPLICATO IDEE VISIONARIE E RIVOLUZIONARIE PER LA COSTRUZIONE E L'URBANISTICA

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Palace of Justice at Chandigarh

The foyer of the Palace of Justice is based on three design principles: three-dimensional design, a predilection for ramps to connect the floors, and the dynamic relationship between the interior and the exterior.

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Facade of the Secretariat

The central element shows the facade of the Secretariat. Here, Le Corbusier's architectonic thinking is visible: the use of his 'Modulor' scale of measures, the revealing of spatial cells across the entire facade, and the use of the brise-soleil to make a three-dimensional statement.

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The 'Modulor'

The 'Modulor', which is based on the golden ratio and the proportions of the human body, is Le Corbusier's own universal measurement scale. It puts the human figure, as the measure of all things, at the centre of architectural design.

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Secretariat building at Chandigarh

The Secretariat - the largest building designed by Le Corbusier - employs the key elements of the new architecture: the use of unfinished concrete as the universal building material to achieve specific design effects, a freely structured facade, brise-soleil and the roof terrace.

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Microtext (back)

LE CORBUSIER HAT ALS ARCHITEKT URBANIST MALER UND THEORETIKER BAHNBRECHENDE UND VISIONÄRE ANWENDUNGEN FÜR DEN WOHN- UND STÄDTEBAU VERWIRKLICHT

LE CORBUSIER ARCHITECT URBANIST PICTUR E TEORETICHER HA APPLITGÀ IDEAS REVOLUZIUNARAS E VISIUNARAS PER LA CONSTRUCZIUN E L'URBANISTICA

Curriculum vitae: Le Corbusier (Charles Edouard Jeanneret)
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