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Renault Coupé Corbusier concept pays tribute to famous architect

Renault Coupé Corbusier concep...
The Corbusier concept car pays tribute both to France's most famous 20th Century architect
The Corbusier concept car pays tribute both to France's most famous 20th Century architect
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Design teams at Groupe Renault have been regularly tasked with working on forward-looking subjects that may predict possible future vehicles completely unrelated to Renault range renewals
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Design teams at Groupe Renault have been regularly tasked with working on forward-looking subjects that may predict possible future vehicles completely unrelated to Renault range renewals
The Corbusier concept car pays tribute both to France's most famous 20th Century architect
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The Corbusier concept car pays tribute both to France's most famous 20th Century architect
The Corbusier concept pays homage to the design genius of its namesake
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The Corbusier concept pays homage to the design genius of its namesake
The Corbusier coupe evokes the golden age of French automobile design
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The Corbusier coupe evokes the golden age of French automobile design
A low slung cabin and wide flanks gives the Corbusier concept a muscular look
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A low slung cabin and wide flanks gives the Corbusier concept a muscular look
The dihedral doors are a Renault concept car theme
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The dihedral doors are a Renault concept car theme
From this angle, the glasshouse cockpit can be seen
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From this angle, the glasshouse cockpit can be seen
LED headlights and accents are de riguer on modern concept cars
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LED headlights and accents are de riguer on modern concept cars
The prominent glasshouse on the Corbusier coupe reflects the structural design of a building
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The prominent glasshouse on the Corbusier coupe reflects the structural design of a building
The Corbusier has retractable guard sections
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The Corbusier has retractable guard sections
The Corbusier has retractable guard sections
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The Corbusier has retractable guard sections
The Corbusier has retractable guard sections
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The Corbusier has retractable guard sections
The Corbusier concept has rear-hinged dihedral doors
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The Corbusier concept has rear-hinged dihedral doors
The Corbusier has a modular, simple interior
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The Corbusier has a modular, simple interior
The Corbusier has a modular, simple interior
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The Corbusier has a modular, simple interior
The seats in the Corbusier would look at home in a designer apartment
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The seats in the Corbusier would look at home in a designer apartment
The design of the swooping guards evokes French automobiles of the 1930s
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The design of the swooping guards evokes French automobiles of the 1930s
The Corbusier concept has rear-hinged dihedral doors
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The Corbusier concept has rear-hinged dihedral doors
The Corbusier concept has LED tail lights and an LED-illuminated interior
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The Corbusier concept has LED tail lights and an LED-illuminated interior
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Designers at French automotive manufacturer, Renault, have created a conceptcar to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of France’s best-known 20thcentury architect Le Corbusier, dubbed the Coupé Corbusier. With a long, high-levelhood, a low glasshouse cockpit, and dihedral doors hinged at therear, the Coupé Corbusier is a melange of geometric shapes and rounded angles that reflect the signature style of the great architect.

Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris in Switzerland on October 6, 1887, and more famously known as Le Corbusier (a pseudonym adopted when he moved to France and made it his home), the man to whom this concept car pays tribute was an architect, designer, painter, and one of the foremost pioneers of modern architecture. In a career spanning five decades, his building designs were constructed across Europe, India, and the Americas. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death in August, 1965.

The Corbusier concept pays homage to the design genius of its namesake
The Corbusier concept pays homage to the design genius of its namesake

"The Design teams at Groupe Renault are proud to pay homage to the visionary architect and designer who reinvented architecture and made it more broadly accessible," said Renault. "His thought and value structure is one that we share... The ideas of simplicity, a visually- and aesthetically-pleasing structure, geometric elegance and mastery of light guided the designers in the creation of the Coupé Corbusier concept car."

Beginning two years ago, design teams at Groupe Renault have been regularly tasked with working on forward-looking subjects that may predict possible future vehicles completely unrelated to Renault range renewals. These exercises are said to provide staff with the opportunity to explore new ideas and provide their creatives with a break from standard design tasks so that they can participate in recreational, free-range vehicle art. This year, the teams chose to draw on the topic of "French cultural objects" to which they referred to the 1930s; the so-called golden age of French automobiles.

"The influence of Le Corbusier asserted itself as the obvious source of reflection, as a sort of conceptual prequel to the modern automobile," said Renault in regard to the design.

The Corbusier concept has rear-hinged dihedral doors
The Corbusier concept has rear-hinged dihedral doors

Having said this, though evidence may be found in the use of swooping guards as found in automobiles of the period, and the geometric shapes of Le Corbusier are peppered throughout the body, the concept also includes some design cues discernible from other Renault Concepts – such as the 2014 KWID – particularly noticeable in the use of dihedral doors and the large and prominent radiator grill.

As to the specifications for the vehicle, however, Renault has not proffered any clue to its dimensions or the powertrain driving it, if there is one at all. Seemingly a static display, the vehicle is being shown at a modernist villa in Poissy on the outskirts of Paris, in an exhibition entitled Cars for living: the automobile and modernism in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Along with a range of other automobile creations and artwork, France’s Centre des Monuments Nationaux has organized the exhibition to celebrate French automobile design and manufacturing heritage, which runs from October 22, 2015 to March 20, 2016.

Source: Renault Group

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2 comments
Bob Flint
Shameful for the Architect, never thought Hideous and Impracticality could be so horribly twisted together....
How do you get into this trap, and what do you store in those improbable fender wheels....your dignity?
BZD
@Bob Flint: Totally agree. Not the first time a French automaker is using an artists name in a horrible way.
Name aside I do like the mix of materials used in the car and how it made so it is visible from the outside.