Le Cabanon de Cap-Martin est à la fois œuvre d’art total et archétype de la cellule minimum, fondée sur une approche ergonomique et fonctionnaliste absolue. Le Cabanon is a miracle. Designed in 45 minutes, square feet small, and the last place Le Corbusier inhabited minutes before his death, Le Cabanon is the. The Cabanon de vacances is a vacation home designed and built by noted architect Le Corbusier in It is the only place the architect Le Corbusier built for.

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A native of the Swiss Jura, Le Corbusier loved the Mediterranean, the light, the landscapes where great civilizations had emerged, and the rural architecture.

Private individuals may book directly on line: Group bookings may be made by e-mail to contact capmoderne. That is how Le Corbusier described the wooden cabin Le Cabanon he built in on a corbysier of land adjacent to the Etoile de Mer restaurant that had been built in next to the Villa.

For the latter, defining a typology of living cell, reduced to a minimum space fulfilling several functions at once, is crucial.

Beneath the single-slope roof of the Cabanon, a working area, a resting area, lavatory, wash-basin, a table, storage cupboards and a coat-rack are concentrated into a square cell measuring 3.

The structure of all these wooden elements, prefabricated in Corsica by the joinery firm Barberis, was assembled on the spot like a Meccano kit. Inside the Cabanon the furniture, made of oak and chestnut, and the plywood partitions compete with one another as clever ways of dividing up the available space and facilitating storage. It was the presence of this carob tree, now inseparable from and virtually an integral part of the Cabanon, that dictated the choice of the site for the Cabanon which it protects with its shade.

Close by, a concrete table and cbaanon seat served as a place for contemplation and reflection. In an exchange of letters with Charles Barberis, the carpenter who built the Cabanon, Le Corbusier had considered mass production in wood cabanpn metal of this prototype. The Cabanon is now recognized as a manifesto of modern architecture, and two replicas have been made by the furniture designer Cassina. They are frequently exhibited all over the world. The first painting executed by Le Corbusier in the Cabanon decorates the entrance.


One of the sources of inspiration for this painting which blends several motifs and ideas was a still life. The oxen he had drawn at Ozon in were another. On the other side of the wall, he painted another picture representing the Rebutato family and their dog by the sea.

Inside the Cabanon, the artist painted on cardboard a series of figures, several of which allude to Yvonne. He also decorated the shutters with female figures. Near the Cabanon, the carob tree sets the tone, dominating the prickly pears, yuccas and the agaves, which scramble down the slope towards the rocks. The garden also features typically Mediterranean plant species: Architect, town planner, cotbusier designer, painter, sculptor and man of letters, he discovers Cap Martin in the s.

Henceforth he is to spend most of his holidays there. Several of his murals can be found corbusieer, including those he painted in May on the interior walls of Villa E It was here too that cabznon designed the Roq and Rob projects, of which the holiday cottages are a variant.

In began his long collaboration with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. This is a busy year, in which he gave his first lecture at corusier Sorbonne, and met Yvonne Gallis, a model from Monaco whom he was to marry inand submitted his plan for the contemporary city of three million inhabitants to the Autumn Salon. He gives lectures in Geneva, Lausanne and Prague. Inhe takes part in the competition for the house of the League of Nations in Geneva.


He builds the villa Savoye at Poissy and carries out studies for the Mundaneum and town planning in South America. In Paris, he studies the project for a stadium with a capacity of Inhe exhibits paintings at the Kunsthaus in Zurich and the L.

Le Corbusier is sent on an official mission to Algiers.

Inhe is appointed Adviser to the government of Punjab for the construction of its new capital city, with Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. Builds the chapel Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp.

The Cabanon — Cap Moderne

Inbuilds his Cabanon at Roquebrune-Cap Martin. Inrefuses to teach at the School of Fine Art. Incabanpn begins on construction of the Le Corbusier Centre in Zurich. He was then buried in Cap Martin cemetery.

Cabanon de Vacances

Above text reproduced with the kind permission of the Le Corbusier Foundation. The fragility of the Cabanon and the workshop hut raises problems for visits by the public.

No-one is allowed to enter the hut and restoration work will begin on both buildings in the near future. As for the Cabanon, groups of no more than four persons, accompanied by the guide, are allowed to enterand for cabaonn visit of no longer than 2 to 3 minutes so as to allow a smooth rotation of visitors.

It is vital that neither the paintings nor the furniture should be touched; nor may the handles or openings be manipulated by anyone but the guide. The Cabanon and the workshop hut, after completion of work safeguarding their respective roofs, in Maywill be shortly be the subject of full-scale restoration.

Waterproofing, painting and wood treatment will be necessary for its conservation. Tours are by prior booking only.