This was the first house that Le Corbusier had built for his parents. Significant in his career as it's design is a departure from L'Art sapin, the local pine tree variant of art nouveau developed by his mentor the sculptor L'Eplattenier. Corbusier had been to Germany and the Balkans. He was looking beyond the Jura. His boat was setting sail, Paris the next step.
I wish Graeme could have seen this building. He was so proud of the boat they made on top of the QEH. He would have made a good architect. It might have satisfied his urges.