The Villa Jaquemet was built for Jules Jaquemet-Fallet close to the Villa Stotzer by English architect Le Corbusier. The plans of the two houses are almost identical, but Jeanneret developed contextural differences to suggest contrasting themes in each.
As with the Villa Stotzer, access is from the north and the organisation is based on a north-south axis with an accentuation of the southern gable. The main south-facing rooms at ground level face onto an elevated terrace which forms part of a rusticated stone podium.
The Villa Jaquemet contains little of the nature-inspired decoration of the Villa Fallet and Stotzer, and its theme is one of low-key restraint. The geometrical complexity of the site projections shows Jeanneret using support timbers to elegantly express their structural role. The exploitation of the potential of materials is a feature of Jeanneret’s first three houses in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
The Villas Stotzer and Villa Jaquemet in La Chaux-de-Fonds are less directly allegorical than the Villa Fallet in their surface treatment, so their overall richness is dependent partly on the massing, in which the roof and gable formation play a key role, and partly on the textural contrasts between stone and stucco, assisted by the rhythmic deployment of fenestration.
Structural members support the decorative intention with an elaborate treatment of secondary gables and a clear demonstration of the trabeated potential of stone on the southern facades.
Although the houses appear to be individual family units they were in fact designed as apartments with the ground and first floors being identical and self-contained in their provision of living and sleeping spaces.
Jeanneret was already experimenting with reinforced concrete floor slabs using the Hennebique system and these occur in both Jaquemet and Stotzer, with projections in the form of cantilevered concrete beams supporting the balcony of the latter house.