the dominican monastery of sainte-marie de la tourette was originally built in 1960 as a training place for the entire dominican order in france for approximately 100 monks, on a slope descending into the valley near éveux close to lyons. the design originates from the swiss architect le corbusier. the minimal bedrooms on two floors are grouped in a u-shape around an inner courtyard, which is closed off on the fourth side by the church building. the yard is defined by the cross-shaped cloister, with direct access to the church and refectory. the refectory, with its glazing rhythmically distributed across the whole of one side, offers a grandiose view of the valley’s topography. the glazing throughout the building was developed in partnership with iannis xenakis. the entire complex is based on the modulor system of proportions developed by le corbusier.