This thesis project focuses on Le Corbusier’s unmatched ambition for collective housing and revisits a specific line of thought of Le Corbusier: namely how the Certosa del Galluzzo inspired him to create the Unite d’Habitation in Marseille.
The analysis of this line of thought is structured around the term asceticism. Asceticism is used as an architectural instrument for proposing a collective housing complex in Aarhus.
It is the argument of this project that ascetic practices are not concerned with an understanding of God but is a program for what Le Corbusier describes as the harmonious organization of individual life and collective life, mutually strengthening one another.
This interrelationship determined Le Corbusier’s approach to architecture in general – from Le Cabanon to Ville Contemporaine.
This project does not seek to present general connections in his works, the aim of the project is to use a specific point in architectural history actively in the process of proposing a new building.