Le Corbusier, Cabanon, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, 1949

Le Corbusier, Cabanon, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, 1949

Le Corbusier, Cabanon, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, 1949

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It was built between 1951-1952, and it is where Le Corbusier preferred to spend summers in the months of August and September. Earlier in 1949, Le Corbusier met Rebutato Thomas, a future owner of Unité de camping (1957) and owner of the bar/restaurant which lies next to the holiday cottage where he had direct access.

It was conducted in parallel with the proposed Chandigarh and the completion of construction of the Marseille Housing Unit. It is part of a group of buildings clustered around L’étoile de Mer, which consists of some camping cabins.

Le Corbusier used to say: “I have a castle on the Riviera who is 3.66 meters by 3.66 meters. I did it for my wife, an extravagant place of comfort and kindness. It is located in Roquebrune, on a path that reaches almost to the sea. A tiny door, a tiny ladder and access to a cabin embedded below the vineyards. Only the site is great, a superb bay with steep cliffs ”

High in a concrete structure, this cabin is being built in the City of Ajaccio (Corsica). It is one of the projects built entirely of wood. It was designed based on the “Modulor”, a system of measures directly related to the human scale, invented by Le Corbusier. It is considered a simplification of his thoughts and views on architecture, because the “Cabanon” has been a bright year modulation in a micro space, is a cell that sums up the idea machine for living.

It is a prefabricated cabin module measures in a 3.66 x 3.66 m and 2.26 m in height. Except for a delay to comply with building regulations, it has a corridor of 0.70 m after the main entrance and a door directly connecting with the bar L’etoile de mer.

After the main access corridor is topped with a closet for coats, and immediately to the right is the entrance to the cabin where the activity occurs, this provision reflects a helical movement, which Le Corbusier generated from furniture.

Regarded as one cell, one piece with minimal furniture where you can find: two beds, a table with a pivot foot, fitted wardrobes, two wooden blocks used as chairs, a small round stainless steel sink behind a health down a toilet, in addition to a series of vents and paintings by the author.

The windows of the Cabanon provide a harmonious composition in the modulation of the house, having two window my another 0.30×0.70 0.70×0.70 m, all located to provide panoramic views of the cabin of the Southwest and Southeast the bay.

Even if these windows remain closed, Le Corbusier would have given two very slender facade openings in opposite corners and next to generate maximum ventilation that little cell.




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Blanc, Philippe. 2007. “Cabanon: RoquebruneCapMartin, Francia.” Peer Reviewed Journal. August 1


Reviewed by:

Rémi Farwati, Elena Giannitsopoulos, Nadir Bouchene, Adela Plasilova, March 2017