Claude Parent

Maison Drusch, Versailles, 1963-1966

The Drusch House marks a decisive step in Claude Parent’s approach in that it brought the dynamism of the volumes into reality by introducing the diagonal. Built for industrialist Gaston Drusch on a narrow plot of land of approximately 1 200 m² on the edge of the Forest of Versailles, the house is composed of two major parts, one designed for the living area, the other, more classic one, housing the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. The concrete structure of the living room volume is in the shape of a rhombus, one side of which is covered by a roof sloping down to just below the gable of the other structure. The 120° angle created by the fracture between the two volumes is evident in both the plan and the elevation, with the reshaping of the terrain also contributing to the tipping effect. While the two forms are highly differentiated, the interior space is thought out as a continuum from the bedrooms up to the mezzanine. The open areas between the various elements are entirely glazed. Here, Claude Parent explored instability by using an “overturned” cube balancing on one of its edges. The diagonal introduced as a line of force of the volume, modifies both perception and use, which are usually determined by horizontality.

Maison Drusch, Versailles

Hall d'entrée, détails, éch. 1:1 et 1:20

Dessin

Crayon graphite sur calque

48.1 x 79.4 x

1966

011 003 004

Maquette
Carton plume, métal
18 x 69.5 x 49.5
1963-1966
999 01 404

Maquette
Bois, résine, peinture, métal
24.5 x 51.7 x 71.8
1963-1966
999 02 404

Façade sud-ouest, éch. 1:20
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
74.7 x 95.5
1965
011 003 011

Rez-de-chaussée, porte d'entrée, éch. 1:1 et 1:20
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
52.5 x 79
1966
011 003 001

Séjour, escalier, éch. 1:20 et 1:1
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
71.9 x 99.7
1966
011 003 003

Hall d'entrée, détails, éch. 1:1 et 1:20
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
48.1 x 79.4
1966
011 003 004

Hall d'entrée, détails, éch. 1:1
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
74.2 x 101
1966
011 003 005

Marches d'accès à la piscine
Dessin
Crayon graphite et encre sur calque
42 x 74.1
1966
011 003 006

Escalier, côté chambre, éch. 1:1 et 1:20
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
69.6 x 115
1966
011 003 007

Rez-de-chaussée, chambre, éch. 1:20
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
68 x 92.7
1966
011 003 009

Balustrade du cube, serrurerie A, éch. 1:20
Dessin
Encre, crayon graphite et feutre sur calque
64.4 x 90.9
1966
011 003 012

Garde-corps, balcons, éch. 1:1 et 1:20
Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
74.5 x 101
1966
011 003 013

Salles de bain, éch. 1:20
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
62.5 x 74.1
s. d.
011 003 002

Façade est, éch. 1:20
Dessin
Encre sur calque
63.5 x 97.9
s. d.
011 003 010

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