"Atteindre la poésie par la rigueur"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

“J’ai un château sur la Côte d’Azur, aimait à dire Le Corbusier, qui a 3,66 mètres par 3,66 mètres. C’est pour ma femme, c’est extravagant de confort, de gentillesse”.

This 15 square metre pied-à-terre, which was attached to his favourite café, was the only structure Le Corbusier ever built for his own use. As such, the interior, decorated with murals and simple bespoke furniture and fittings, gives an intimate insight into his world. It was the place he retreated to every summer in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin for over ten years and where, in the adjacent studio, he worked on many of his celebrated later projects.
Le Corbusier sketched the design for the Cabanon in just 45 minutes. It can be seen as an expression of his most concentrated thoughts on minimal living; the essence of his ideas on dwelling.
The cabanon was built next to the E-1027 house of Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici. I will post on this topic soon, the E-1027 house is going to be renovated soon.
Pictures of the cabanon by Marc Heller.