Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier and the Cap Moderne
Menton / Cap Martin / Nice, France
May 5th - 8th, 2017
*A detailed conference description and program will be published in 2017.
The region of Menton, on the Mediterranean coast near Monaco / Nice, is one of France’s best kept secrets when it comes to natural beauty and architectural heritage. The region also holds a special place in the history of modern architecture.
The conference will start at the seaside in Menton on the evening of Friday, May 5th, with a private viewing and aperitif at the Jean Cocteau Museum designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti.
The first full day of the conference will be consecrated to discovering the Cap Moderne, an important cultural and natural site containing a set of mythical architectural icons in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. We will visit Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s “Cabanon” and “Holiday Cottages”, and the bar-restaurant “Etoile de Mer” overlooking the sea. Our hosts and guides will be the architects and historians responsible for the restoration and protection of the site, including AIA members Claudia and David Devaux as well as Michael Likierman, President of the Cap Moderne Association, responsible for the management and rehabilitation of the site.
On the second day we will discover the beauty and history of some of the region’s exceptional gardens, including
· Les Colombières (Ferdinand Bac’s Mediterranean Masterpiece)
· Serre de la Madone Graden (Conservatoire du Littoral)
· Val Rahmeh Botanical Garden
· Hanbury Villa & Botanical Garden
(final choices to be confirmed)
The program will conclude on the third day with a focus on the work of several young architectural firms whose work in the region has justifiably drawn international recognition:
· CAB Architecture (Calori, Azimi, Botineau)
· Comte Vollenweider Architects
· Marc Barani, whose work includes the extraordinary Roquebrune Cemetary