The Interior of the Cabanon Exhibition

Le Corbusier Exhibition, Cabanon, Interior, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Building, Photo

The Interior of the Cabanon Exhibition

Le Corbusier Show, RIBA, London, 66 Portland Place, England, UK

17 Mar 2009

Le Corbusier Exhibition London

Le Corbusier Show at the RIBA, London

Exhibition Details:
Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon, Le Corbusier 1952 – Cassina 2009
Dates: 5 Mar – 28 Apr 2009
Open Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, except Tuesday 10 am-9 pm
Address: Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
Book available at RIBA bookshop: Le Corbusier. L’Interno del Cabanon, edited by Filippo Alison, Published by Electa

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Photos Cabanon reconstruction : Andrea Ferrari

RIBA and Cassina are currently presenting a reconstruction of Le Corbusier’s beach hut Cabanon, which is designed and built in 1952 for his holidays at Cap-Martin. Le Corbusier’s Cabanon is a 15 square metre ‘pied a terre’ made of rustic wood in 1952 and the only structure ever built for his own use. It is an unpretentious sea-side hut comprising a remarkable example of micro-architecture that is full of meaning.

In addition to this spectacular installation, RIBA will also house an exhibition of Le Corbusier furniture titled Le Corbusier 1952 – Cassina 2009, which will be a platform in which to highlight the special Cassina/Le Corbusier relationship. Le Corbusier pieces will include the Casiers Standard system of container units designed for the Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau, Paris in 1925 and the Equipement intérieur de l’habitation designed for the Salon d’Automne, 1928. Drawn from the Cassina I Maestri collection, the furniture provides a fascinating focus on Le Corbusier’s work as a designer and traces the history of these iconic designs. Curated by Piero Lissoni.

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Photos Cabanon reconstruction : Andrea Ferrari

The Cassina / Le Corbusier relationship is relatively unknown despite the fact Cassina has held the worldwide license for Le Corbusier product since 1964. There are thousands of counterfeit ‘Le Corbusier style’ models sold worldwide and only Cassina pieces are approved and respect the original design. Cassina has exclusive access to all the prototypes, drawrings, sketches and other documents and these are carefully studied in collaboration with the heirs and those who collaborated with ‘The Master’.

Le Corbusier’s Cabanon

The Interior 1:1
Le Corbusier 1952 – Cassina 2006
5th of March – 28th of April 2009
RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)

The Royal Institute of British Architects and Cassina present the exhibition Le Corbusier’s Cabanon. The Interior 1:1. Le Corbusier 1952 – Cassina 2006 which will remain open from the 5th of March to the 28th of April 2009, in the Florence Hall of the RIBA.

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.

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. The Interior 1:1.
Le Corbusier 1952 – Cassina 2006
5 Mar – 28 Apr 2009
RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
Book: Le Corbusier. L’Interno del Cabanon, edited by Filippo Alison, Published by Electa
Royal Institute of Architects, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

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