The Swiss Pavilion, located in the park of the International University Campus in Paris (CIUP), was built by architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret between 1931 and 1933 and is now a historic monument. The residence has 45 single rooms of 16 square meters each, arranged mainly over three floors.
Each room has a large south-facing window that overlooks the park of the CIUP. At the entrance to the room, a mini-bathroom (shower, basin, wardrobe) is separated from the “rest and study” area by a cupboard and shelving unit against which the bed stands on the bedroom side. A small refrigerator is integrated into the desk. All rooms have WiFi access.
All rooms at the Fondation suisse are identical: 16m2, south facing with abundant natural light. The rooms on the fourth floor also have access to a roof garden. The current furnishings were approved by Charlotte Perriand, who designed the original decor. The fitout was designed for maximum functionality and includes plenty of storage space.
When the rooms were renovated at the end of last century, room 105 on the first floor was preserved with the original furnishings designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1933. This room is no longer assigned to a resident. It is freely accessible and is part of the tour for the many visitors to the Swiss Pavilion.
Each floor has a small kitchen and two toilets. On the fourth floor is a computer room with an all-in-one printer, copier and scanner. A washing machine and dryer are also provided for residents’ use. The library is located at a little distance from the living areas and provides a peaceful place to study. On the ground floor, the “Salon courbe”, featuring a large mural painted by Le Corbusier in 1948, is a great place to socialise or relax. Residents also use the Salon to read the Swiss and French newspapers provided and to watch TV.
From May to October, a terrace is open to all residents in the space under the building. A small terrace that serves more specifically as a study area can be reached from the library.
All students and academics staying at the Fondation suisse receive a CIUP resident card that entitles them to special rates and access to shared services, such as sports facilities (swimming, tennis, etc.), the central library, the theatre, the university restaurant and various cafeterias.