To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Swiss-French architect and designer, Le Corbusier, Renault has unveiled a striking coupe, inspired by the architect’s modernist aesthetic.
Owing little to Renault’s current flowing design language, the Coupe C Concept instead utilises large, unbroken surfaces, framed with hand-finished brightwork to accentuate the wheel arches and body sculpting.
The cabin is topped by a glass canopy, underpinned by a visible steel framework, while beneath it, the front seats take their inspiration from Le Corbusier’s LC4 chaise, originally penned in the late 1920s.
Access to the cabin is via rear-hinged doors, further accentuating the Coupe C Concept’s long bonnet and cab-rearward stance.
Work on the Coupe C Concept began two years ago, as part of Renault’s program to encourage its design staff to investigate “French cultural objects”.
As a result, the team focused on the work of Le Corbusier, using his principles of simplicity, geometric elegance, and ‘mastery of light’ as inspiration for the Concept C.
The unveiling of the Coupe C Concept took place at Villa Savoye, a landmark building co-designed by Le Corbusier, and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, and built in 1931.
Sadly, the industrially inspired, and grandly proportioned coupe will not be destined for production, nor will the design themes shown replace the softer forms of Renault’s current design language.
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