L'œuvre architecturale de Le Corbusier,
une contribution exceptionnelle
au mouvement moderne
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Cabanon de Le Corbusier
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Promenade Le Corbusier
06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
France

Cabanon de Le Corbusier, 1951

The Cabanon de Cap-Martin is both a total work of art and the archetype of the minimum cell, based on an absolute ergonomic and functionalist approach.

Located on the seaside path, in the midst of an exceptional site also containing the villa E1027 designed by Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici, it is a modest wooden construction, covered with a cladding of pine bark and a slanted roof . Everything fits into a square cell of 3.66 x 3.66 metres and 2.26 metres high, measurements borrowed from the Modulor. The interior, entirely made of wood, is lit by two 70 cm wide windows. In an area of ​​15 m2, Le Corbusier has at his disposal a rest area, a working area, a toilet area and a washbasin. The furniture is reduced to a bed, a table, and some storage.
Le Corbusier painted the floor in yellow and the ceiling panels in green and red; in July 1956, he embellished the entrance with a mural which, with the view of the bay, is the only luxury in this “boat cabin”.
The Cabanon represents the culmination of  research into the notion of the minimal cell that is at the heart of the concerns of modern architects of the 20th century and reconnects with the myth of the primitive hut. Raised to the level of a work of art, it paradoxically echoes the initiatives of DIY buildings or vernacular housing that are multiplying around the planet.
In 1954, at the far end of the site, opposite the Cabanon, Le Corbusier put up a building hut which he called a “work room”.
The architect gradually occupied the outdoor spaces – growing plants, improvising an outdoor shower with a simple garden hose, etc.
In 1957 he completed these improvements by making a present of five Unités de camping to the owner of the Cabanon site, Thomas Rebutato.

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Study drawing and sketches. Section and perspective of facade and interior with calculations and silhouette
Plan FLC 24336

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Various study. Plan elevation, section, perspective of WC, wardrobe and table with silhouettes and ratings
Plan FLC 24337

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Study drawing. Elevation, section and plan of cabanon, site plan with indications and ratings
Plan FLC 24334

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Ph. Willy Boesiger
FLC L3(5)5

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Ph. Willy Boesiger
FLC L3(5)7

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Exterior view

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

The site
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

The site
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

The “guinguette”, l’Etoile de Mer
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

The Unités de Camping

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Interior of Cabanon
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Interior of Cabanon
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Interior of Cabanon
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Interior of Cabanon
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Painted shutter of Cabanon
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Mural painting of Le Corbusier
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

Cabanon de Le Corbusier
Cabanon de Le Corbusier

Interiors of baraque-atelier
Ph. Olivier-Martin Gambier

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