The National Museum of Western Art. Photo: yisris.
When he was a young architect, my husband had a fellowship in UNESCO to research for ICOMOS. Of course, many years ago. He was astonished to learn about the news of Le Corbusier´s buildings´ being rejected, and, as always, we began a discussion on it. He had the opportunity to visit some of Le Corbusier´s buildings, I hadn´t. So, I´m not saying anything, just partially reproducing the news from http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110528002670.htm:
¨An advisory body to UNESCO has counseled against registering 19 buildings designed by French architect Le Corbusier, including the National Museum of Western Art in Taito Ward, Tokyo, as world cultural heritage sites, it has been learned.
The recommendation was made by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a cultural conservation organization, the central government's Cultural Affairs Agency said Saturday.
Ville Savoye, in Paris. Photo by valueyou, at Wikipedia.org
Notre Dam, Ronchamp. From alovelyworld.com
It is the first time ICOMOS has given such advice about a World Heritage-nominated site in Japan.