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Le Corbusier's Cabanon at the RIBA

Le Corbusier's Cabanon at the RIBA
10 Feb 2009

The Royal Institute of British Architects and Cassina present the exhibition 'Le Corbusier’s Cabanon 1952/2006 - The Interior 1:1' in the Florence Hall of the RIBA.

Le Corbusier Roquebrune-Cap-Martin : Cabanon © FLC/SIAE L3[5]5

The exhibition features the reconstruction of the actual interior of the Cabanon that Le Corbusier planned and built in 1952 for his holidays at Cap-Martin. The Cabanon is an apparently unpretentious sea-side hut, comprising a remarkable example of micro-architecture, full of meaning.

Continuing its research into the work of the Maestri of architecture, Cassina has taken care of this project, now presented with the aim of divulging greater knowledge of the values of the architectural interior.

Access to the reconstructed Cabanon is through a covered area in which images and other material relating to Le Corbusier and his presence in Cap-Martin are on show or projected. The Cabanon conceals a valuable example of architecture by Le Corbusier, who intended to assign its principal architectural value only to the interior of the construction.

The construction reveals a rich, logical and harmonious composition of meaningful resolutions, notwithstanding the more than modest dimensions. It first and foremost teaches us that the problem of the home implies the study of quality choices rather than astonishing details or show. This first approach is sufficient enough to remember that the primary factor of a building accomplished - grandiloquent or basic as it may be - is whoever inhabits and transfers human fervour in it.

Photos Cabanon reconstruction: Andrea Ferrari

The Cabanon, conceived, designed and built by the same architect who was to live in it, comprises the ideal conditions of architectural planning, the dialectic synthesis between the concept and the accomplishment. Whereas the powers delegated on the architect by those who see the house as a projection of oneself or a kind of fetish to emulate, represent the perfect antithesis.

The reason for the reconstruction of the Cabanon - organised specially for touring exhibitions – intends to make more aware, more participative, the responsibility of the client in relation to the designer. It is respectful of the interior’s standards, full of masterly touches, making up an incomparable source of inspiration for whoever is interested in discovering new values and meanings previously unknown.

In addition to this spectacular installation, RIBA will also house a collection of Le Corbusier furniture, which will be a platform to highlight the special Cassina/Corbusier relationship.

Le Corbusier's Cabanon 1952/2006 - The Interior 1:1
Le Corbusier – il Maestro: An Exhibition of Furniture from Cassina
from March 5 to April 28 2009
RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
Florence Hall and Gallery 1, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD, UK

Le Corbusier. L’Interno del Cabanon
edited by Filippo Alison, published by Electa
Royal Institute of Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD, UK

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