A glazed strip is seen to run around the south and the east ends and this adds to the distinctive nature of the building. The walls and the roof appear fused and this makes it similar to the Einstein tower. The reasoning behind the author as he compares it against an existing building seems to indicate that except for some few elements, the tower in by itself is unique. This aura of uniqueness is what makes the architecture both modernistic and art oriented in nature. The aura of uniqueness is a necessity in the age of mechanical reproduction.
The building has a grille like setting. The daylight seeps in through the grilles. A form of diffusive sunlight is hence seen here and unlike the Baroque churches where the features are highlighted more clearly, here the features are not specifically targeted by the lighting. When considering representation consider the case of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, where the use of diffusion could lead to interpretation of shadows in ways that are actually images of one’s mind and not reality. Here the lighting is specifically used in ways not to create such shadow impacts. Le Corbusier’s architecture as presented by Menin and Samuel is seen to have features that showed more openness. Openness as an architectural trait means that the construction should be such that space and light are well arranged for and should flow well with the architecture. The review of Sterling indicates that the same is seen in the Chapel.
Apart from the uniqueness there are some elements that James Stirling considers as being similar to that of the South Bank festivalia. He states the gargoyles, the enameled murals, the colored glass insets and even the linear way in which the wording is inset seems to indicate this festive and superfluous style. Stirling states the way the tour is displayed is in the form of a reverse manner where sightseers walk a one and half circle around before entering the chapel. The roof has sag to it, and sports alms-boxes and swivel-doors in French style. A liturgical purple color is seen to be splayed on the walls that are just adjacent to the choir gallery stairs. There are green and yellow colors seen in the areas where the statue of Madonna is and in some areas the color red has been used in order to show the pouring of the light inside the chapel. Luminosity or a dayglow effect has been created here. The sunlight is in fact captured in three different ways because of the altars giving the glow and lightness. There are elements of both forms where both art and function are incorporated. It is seen that the colors and more are used in ways where the chapel is made to look ethereal, however the use of lighting is seen to add to the functionalist form. The functional form is required for architecture to have a purpose.
Art, religion and philosophy are three corners in the Hegels pyramid. In the case of this architecture, all three come into place. The acoustics of the place are seen to be similar to that of a cathedral space and the religious building effect is present here. Although being a modernist architecture the element of functionalism is also well captured in serving well for the people of religion who visit this place.
The building is more than accepted by the local population as Stirling notes people from Marseilles and Ronchamp are both proud of the architecture. The local population considers the architecture as an envisioning of poetry. It is modern but at the same time captures the local emotions also. Local visitors accept the architecture better. A lack of public intellectual participation actually is seen to lead to a better acceptance. The ideology of the masses is hence supported more here. The reviewer states that it is not a concrete solid structure and is seen to be much interrupted in the way its openings are constructed. An element of discipline is noted in the way spaces are used, yet the interruptions paves way for the elements of emergence also. In the new world it becomes much easier to deviate from more proper and perfect expressions and the architecture shows that. Newer techniques such as that of local and folk architectural expressions are made use of in here. In fact, indigenous elements are seen to be present here. Even the adjoining houses such as that of the priests are seen to be more decoratively applied in nature. This again shows the change in ideology and philosophy of architecture compared to what used to be the proper elements in European architecture.