France: the craziest mansions
France : les demeures privées les plus folles
Published May 21, 2014, in France
Antique dreams futuristic lines, everything is possible to one who has the means and … the imagination.
1. Villa Savoye, Poissy (Yvelines)
It is » in the air box ,» perched on stilts purposes above the grass. An icon of modernity! Built by Le Corbusier between 1929 and 1931, the villa embodies the culmination of research of the famous architect. It brings together the five points of the new architecture as he defines them: the piles, plans and free facades, windows and roofs headbands-gardens. Designed as home weekend for spouses Savoye, Poissy of the time were still country air, this villa that plays on the harmony of form and the play of light was called » Les Heures Claires «. After nearly being demolished, it was classified a historic monument in the lifetime of its designer.
Next to this luxury villa, the caretaker’s house gardener shows the designs of Le Corbusier on what he calls the «minimum single family» (villa-savoye.monuments-nationaux.fr).
2. Villa Kerylos, Beaulieu-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes)
Ancient dream of the Hellenist Theodore Reinach, the villa Kerylos , built in the earlyXXth century, is modeled on a palace on the island of Delos, theIIth century. This scholar did not hesitate to swallow up a part of his fortune in this house which is loosely based on the art of living antique . Erected at the end of a cape, pretending forth water, the villa all in excess dominates the Bay of Ants . Its name «Kerylos» also means the sea swallow, legendary bird that arose from the waves, a sign of good omen.
The Villa Kerylos be visited all year but only on weekends during the winter. informationwww.villa-kerylos.fr
3. Villa Arnaga, Cambo-les-Bains (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)
Built in lush greenery, the villa Arnaga was built in 1903 according to the precise instructions of the writer and poet Edmond Rostand . The house has an i mponent villa of Basque style and set of gardens spread over 15 ha. The interior of the villa is very tasteful — walls as furniture were ordered from renowned artists — and is home to a museum dedicated to the work of the author of Cyrano de Bergerac . An emotional visit, to discover the amazing universe in which Edmond Rostand found repeatedly inspiration.
The villa Arnaga be visited every day from March to September. informationwww.arnaga.com
4. House of Pierre Loti, Rochefort (Charente-Maritime)
Masterpiece in peril! Municipal Museum, home of the novelist Pierre Loti reached the «Lascaux degree.» The building, weakened by his public success, is to be rehabilitated urgently. Visits are limited to small groups and, ultimately, it is envisaged the transfer of sets that contains the mausoleum of dandyism of Orientalism and end of a century in museography space. There is only time to discover, in its own juices, this remains scenography by a writer, a former naval officer, fascinated by the exotic and the Ottoman harems. Gothic hall, mosque, Turkish room, bedroom and monastic; Loti had his birthplace a dream of an opium addict .
Given the access restrictions, it is prudent to check the days and schedules of visits www.ville-rochefort.fr
5. Palace Bubbles, Théoule-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes)
Overlooking the sea, a rather large rock cascade of color dominates the cliffs of Théoule-sur-Mer: the Palais Bubbles , with its 1,000 twinkling windows under the sun, seems to belong to another world. Pierre Cardin , the fashion designer, lover of and art patron, fell in love with the architecture of Anti Lovag , eliminating right angle and straight volume. He ordered him, in the 1970s, this remains uncommon . On 8500 m 2 , ponds, pool, waterfalls, spherical terraces, amphitheater and garden overlooking the sea. The interior, furnished with bespoke artists, is only sensual curves and comforting.
Visible from the road, the Palace (www.palaisbulles.com) Is unfortunately not visit, but cultural events, including a summer music festival are organized.
6. Villa Ephrussi, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Alpes-Maritimes)
It crystallizes alone, pomp and extravagance of the Riviera. Overlooking Cap Ferrat , this palace pink facade evokes the Italian Renaissance mansions. Built in 1910, it embodies all the splendor dreams of Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild: Verona marble columns, Louis XVI lounge with painted woodwork, Sèvres porcelain living room, adorned with Aubusson tapestries, Chinese living in the lakes Imperial palace in Beijing. The 5000 art objects from the most reputable manufacturers of their time in France and elsewhere. Outside, nine gardens in the world extend this eclectic ode and ultraromantique .
The villa can be visited all year: www.villa-ephrussi.com
7. Georges Labit Museum in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)
You can only be intrigued by this beautiful » palace » of Neomoorish style ! This is actually the former villa of George Labit , a great travelerXIXth century, son of Toulouse traders. During his many travels in the East and Far East, he collected quantities of objects — Japanese prints, weapons, statues, Egyptian mummies … — and stored it in his big house. After his death, his father bequeathed the house to the city in 1905. It houses the Museum of Asian Arts and Ancient Egypt .
17, Japan Street. Open daily except Tuesdays and holidays, 10h-18h from June to September, up to 17h of October to May Entry€ 3, Free for children under 18.
8. Musée Nissim de Camondo (Paris)
Bordering the Parc Monceau , this mansion , built between 1911 and 1913, is a reconstruction of a mansionXVIIIth century, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles . Thus wanted Moses de Camondo, great banker and philanthropist who wanted to make a case for the very rich collection of objects of artXVIIIth century he had met. Behind the facades and woodworkXVIIIth century , the house could not be more modern and functional with running water, central heating, gas, electricity and telephone. In addition to its beautifully furnished rooms, we can now discover the backstage kitchen, office and bathrooms.
At his death in 1935, Moses de Camondo bequeathed to the decorative arts the group consisting of his house and his collection (www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/fran lish / nissim de camondo) In honor of his son Nissim, died in combat in 1917.
9. Chateau de Valmy, Argelès-sur-Mer (Pyrénées-Orientales)
Architectural confection built from 1888 between Flemish mansion and seaside Art Nouveau villa , the castle of Valmy (contraction Vall Maria) dominates the Côte Vermeille, near Argelès-sur-Mer. Once owned by a prosperous local family, the Bardou-Pams, the house now has a vineyard quality. Its owners have restored into a private home filled with luxurious guest rooms . You can taste excellent red wines and sweet wines in an open patio on the Mediterranean.
Not far away, at the entrance of Ceret, the architect of Valmy, the Danish Vigg Dorph Petersen, committed another «madness», the castle of Aubiry.
10. Villa timber of Moustiers (Seine-Maritime)
In 1898, he is a young 29 year old architect, Edwin Lutyens, who designed the mansion area of the wood of Moutiers , in the Art and Craft style in keeping with the ideal of the couple Theosophical Mallet. Operating a synthesis between the nature of the craftsmanship and modern art at the time, Lutyens designed a harmonious abode , for meditation, holding both the philosophical and aesthetic laboratory haven in synergy with the garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. In this stripped decor, rich wood paneling and bas-reliefs of great delicacy, guests of the couple, artists, scientists, intellectuals, studying in a syncretic perspective.
Close to this unique manor in France is the one built by the wealthy man of taste and shipowner Jean Ango, which mixes, equally unique, Florentine style … the cauchoise mode. Practical information onwww.bois-des-moutiers.fr
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