Visit the heritage house and witness the lifestyle of one of the Chief architects of Chandigarh, Pierre Jeanneret, in this home converted museum, the Pierre Jeanneret Museum. The museum displays the works and contribution made by Pierre Jeanneret and his whole house is perfectly maintained like its former appearance.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
Location: House No. – 57, Sector – 5, Uttar Marg, Opposite Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Pierre Jeanneret Museum is a house converted museum of one of the chief architects of Chandigarh, Pierre Jeanneret, who along with the husband-wife team of Jane drew and Maxwell Fry designed the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Pierre Jeanneret lived in Chandigarh for over 14 years from 1951 to 1965 to support the local government and guide them over the design of the city. In order to honor him and his remarkable contribution, house number 57 at Sector 5 where he lived, was converted into a museum and was inaugurated on 22nd March 2017 to celebrate his 122nd birth anniversary.
Graduated from a renowned art school Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, Pierre Jeanneret was a cousin of the famous architect and his mentor Le Corbusier and designed with him many civic buildings, personal villas, and vacation houses. The former dwelling of Pierre Jeanneret is a two-storeyed building with expansive outdoor space and balconies with brick-lined screens and the material of the building is also favorable for the extreme weather settings there. The ground floor comprises an office, a living room, and a kitchen with large windows to welcome the warmth of sunlight. Being a keen observer and admirer of local art and craft, Pierre Jeanneret had many furniture pieces designed for his house and the wall spaces had photos and models of furniture on display. A spiral staircase near the entrance takes you to the first floor where there are three spacious bedrooms, toilets, and a store that are unornamented and full of natural light.
The ground floor of the house is furnished and is used as a museum and displays Pierre Jeanneret’s works and his contribution in designing the city as well as some of his furniture. The first floor is used as a guest house research scholars and has all the wooden furniture intended by Pierre Jeanneret himself. As per the last wishes of Pierre Jeanneret and his love for the city, his ashes were immersed in Sukhna Lake close to his house. The efforts of the local administration to convert this heritage house into a museum were worth it as many travelers and design enthusiasts visit this place to glimpse the life of one of the significant architects from up close.