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If you're visiting Zurich in the summer, then you have the rare chance to view the interior of this quirky museum, commissioned by the art patron Heidi Weber in the early 1960s and created by the celebrated Swiss architect Le Corbusier.  He designed the building to represent the culmination of all his work—the ultimate in ideological formalism, based on his theory that "a house is a machine for living in." Today, the result, a cuboid exterior of brass, concrete, and steel with bold, brightly colored enamel blocks and an oddly elevated, umbrella-like roof, stands beside the lake in stark contrast to the gentle parkland surrounding it. Le Corbusier died before the house was finished, in 1967: it today serves as a museum of his life and works.