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The project

De la gare culturelle au Campus Eileen Gray, laboratoire international d’architecture vivante... Si le projet de Cap Moderne se résume en quelques mots, la dimension patrimoniale, intellectuelle et éducative du site impose un niveau d’ambition et d’excellence au projet de valorisation porté par l’association Cap Moderne. Ce projet comporte deux volets essentiels : la conservation et la transmission.

La conservation

La conservation du site se fonde sur la connaissance, la rigueur, mais aussi l’expérimentation et l’échange de points de vue. Conserver des prototypes de l’architecture moderne soumis à l’atmosphère saline du bord de mer tient de la gageure. Relever ce défi en déjouant toutes les difficultés est pour Cap Moderne un enjeu essentiel car il est source d’apprentissage, d’enseignement et de progrès dans l’art patient qui consiste à entretenir des œuvres du XXe siècle.

La transmission 

Favoriser l’accès à l’œuvre dans ses aspects paysagers, architecturaux, mobiliers et artistiques, mais aussi à travers les archives écrites et iconographiques et la mémoire orale attachée au lieu est un autre challenge pour Cap Moderne.

DRight from their conception, Villa E-1027, the Etoile de Mer, the Cabanon and the Holiday Cabins were a theatre of architectural experimentation.

Today students, researchers, professional architects and artists from all over the world want to be able to visit the site to widen their knowledge not only of architecture and design, but also of landscaping and other fields of artistic endeavour.

More than ever before Cap Moderne has vast potential as a place for learning and inspiration. Far more than just a place for the general public to visit, Cap Moderne's ambition is to create an international laboratory campus of living architecture capable of welcoming scientific, technical and artistic communities from all over the world. In order to be able to offer them the best possible conditions for their research work, the association is continuing to restore the existing buildings, and also intends to purchase certain adjoining properties and fit them out with the appropriate facilities.

THE CAP MODERNE PROJECT

From the cultural station to the Eileen Gray Campus and the international laboratory of living architecture... While the Cap Moderne project can be summed up in a few words, the heritage, intellectual and educational dimension of the site imposes a level of ambition and excellence on the upgrading project being implemented by the Cap Moderne Association. The project comprises two main facets: conservation and transmission.

FIRST UPGRADING PRIORITY CONTINUED RESTORATION OF THE THREE MAJOR WORKS

2015: restoration of the solarium on the terrace of Villa e-1027 and various interior restoration projects

2015: asbestos removal and restoring the roofing of the Cabanon and the Etoile de Mer to its original condition

2015-2016: restoration of the gardens of the entire Cap Moderne complex showing respect for the intentions of their original designers, whilst preserving the landscape and Mediterranean species, and in line with the recommendations of the Conservatoire du littoral

2016: continued restoration, whilst shifting the focus to the holiday cabins

Budget: 1,000,000 €, of which 500,000 € to be sought from sponsorships/partnerships.

 

 

SECOND UPGRADING PRIORITY:

SETTING UP A RECEPTION CENTRE AND AN EXHIBITION ROOM AT ROQUEBRUNE CAP-MARTIN STATION

2015: provisional reception and outreach facilities on the forecourt of Roquebrune Cap-Martin station.

Conversion of an old railway carriage overlooking the forecourt to accommodate reception, ticket office, shop and café, with new signage for the site. Laying out station car park.

Budget: 500,000 €, of which 250,000 € to be sought from sponsorship/partrnerships.

2016: renovation of disused shed at Roquebrune Cap-Martin station.

In partnership with the town of Roquebrune Cap Martin and French Rail, Cap Moderne will carry out the renovation and fitting-out of the disused railway shed for use as an exhibition and outreach centre. A replica of Le Corbusier’s Cabanon will enable visitors to familiarise themselves with its interior without risk to the original.

Exhibitions on special topics will also be held.

This redevelopment project will create France’s first ‘cultural railway station’, and endow the site with a reception centre worthy of its international standing.

Budget: 1 million euros of which 500,000 € to be sought from sponsorship/partnerships.

 

 

2016-2017: outreach and publications.

Creation of the outreach tools needed to facilitate understanding of the site and the work of Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier : brochures, signage, films, 3D reconstitutions. 

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