Shodan House Case Study

Sources on Shodan House

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. exterior perspective, p42. eye-level perspective drawing across pool, p70. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier, 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p88.

Le Corbusier. Oeuvre Complete, 1952-1957. Zurich: Editions d'Architecture, 1966. NA1053.J4A46 1966. perspective drawing, p134. first floor plan, p138. second floor plan, p139. third level plan, p134. section, p141. section, p140. elevation, p141.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photos, p207. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at

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The Villa Shodhan is one of three houses designed by Le Corbusier for prominent families in Ahmedabad, Gujurat, while he was working on the design of Chandigarh, capital city of Punjab. Initially designed for another member of the Ahmedabad Millowners Association, the house was built for Shyamubhai Shodhan, a textile manufacturer, his wife and four children. It is still owned and used by the Shodhan family.

During the 1920s Le Corbusier formulated his ‘Five points of architecture’ which were e...


Physical Description

A model of Villa Shodhan consisting of two separate but connected buildings:

The Shodhan family villa, a cubical structure consisting of three main floors beneath a flat roof supported by four rows of columns which run from ground level. The ground floor is a double-height entry hall and a mezzanine, the second floor is bedrooms and an open terrace. The third floor is living spaces composed of a variety of open and enclosed spaces. The floors and other structural elements of the model are painted white (site-cast unpainted concrete in the original) in which colour painted timber and plaster doors and windows are set. An enclosed ramp runs from the ground floor to the third floor, meeting a stairway to the top of the main living room. There are two apertures in the roof, above the terrace on the living floor. The facades are partly enclosed by sun-shades.

A single floor flat-roofed structure containing a kitchen, servants' accommodation and storage. This structure has vertical slit windows and several large openings.




Iain Scott-Stevenson was the Powerhouse Museum's model maker. Iain trained at the National Art School in Darlinghurst and worked as a draughtsman for various architects before moving to the UK where he worked for a model making firm. He prepared numerous models for projects including town plans, Saudi Arabian oil refineries, and military sites. After returning to Australia from the UK, Iain joined the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences where he worked as a model maker for more than 25 years.


Le Corbusier 1951-1956


Scott-Stevenson, Iain 2011-2012



This model was made during 2011 and 2012 for a planned Le Corbusier exhibition. It was intended to be part of chronology of small (1:200) models representing all of Le Corbusier's house designs, with a small number of larger (1:25) models representing his most significant projects in this field.


Acquisition Date

22 February 2013

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Model of Villa Shodhan designed by Le Corbusier 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 March 2018, <>


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