Globe and Mail, "Favourite Rooms"

FAVOURITE ROOMS

Every Saturday, contributing design editor Anya Georgijevic highlights chic interiors and homeowners for Globe Style’s Favourite Room feature. This week, she asks 10 of Canada’s top designers and architects to call out the space that, for better or worse, inspires them most.

 

GAIR WILLIAMSON, GAIR WILLIAMS ON ARCHITECTS, CHAPELLE NOTRE DAME DU HAUT, RONCHAMP, FRANCE

“I dream of this space still, 40 years on,” says Vancouver-based architect Gair Williamson of the Le Corbusier-designed chapel that continues to draw 80,000 architecture lovers each year. While Williamson has never directly referenced this legendary building in his own work, the visceral experience of visiting it forever influences his perception of interior spaces and the power they can hold. “A polychromy of light pours through the south wall in the manner of the great Gothic cathedrals and directs your gaze to the left and the altar, while the bowed ceiling moves you to genuflection.”