Modernism, as a style, seems to be very in-fashion right now. One of the seminal works of modernism is Villa Savoye, a house on the outskirts of Paris. It was designed in the late 1920’s by Le Corbusier, and shows many of the features we now associate with the modern style. But Le Corbusier himself said he was not at all interested in style. He was interested in the use of modern materials and methods–in this case large expanses of glazing with steel frames, reinforced concrete for the structure, an open floor plan, and very dynamic movement through the house. The house is very bright, light and open, and is a delight to spend time in. Many ‘styles’ have come and gone, but this house, for all its faults, still feels very contemporary.