A laboratory campus
of living architecture

Possible rehabilitation of the Villa Giori. This villa, situated to the west of Villa E-1027, will be converted into an amenity for receptions, seminars and other events. © DDA Architecte for Cap Moderne

Right 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.


Conservation of the site is based on knowledge and rigour, but also on experimentation and the exchange of ideas. Preserving prototypes of modern architecture exposed to the salt-laden atmosphere of the seaside is a huge challenge. Meeting this challenge by overcoming all the difficulties involved is vital for Cap Moderne and a source of learning, teaching and progress in the patient art of maintaining 20th century works of art.

M-O. Hubert restaure une peinture murale de Le Corbusier © Photo Claudia Devaux et Couverture de la revue l’Architecture vivante de 1929
M-O. Hubert restoring a mural by Le Corbusier © Photo by Claudia Devaux

Facilitating access to the work and its manifold aspects – landscaping, architectural, furniture design , artistic – but also through the written and iconographic archives and the oral memory attached to the place is yet another challenge for Cap Moderne.

From the most knowledgeable insiders to complete novices, the lessons that can be learned and the emotions experienced at the site must be shared with as many people as possible even if, given its precarious nature and small size, the number of visitors and guests needs to be strictly controlled

Reception, exhibitions,
Interpretation centre

In order to help visitors acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the site and to make it more widely known by the general public, an interpretation centre will be set up at the railway station with the co-operation of the SNCF (French Railways) who are well aware of their strategic role in welcoming visitors.

A cultural station

 been raised to the rank of “Cultural station”, the railway station will become the actual point of entry to Cap Moderne.

Rehabilitate the station forecourt to welcome visitors © DDA Architecte for Cap Moderne


The fourth

After the three Mediterranean adventures of Eileen Gray, Thomas Rebutato and Le Corbusier, a fourth adventure is about to be embarked upon: the conservation and upgrading of the site, an adventure in which everyone can get involved.

From Villa E-1027 and the Cabanon to the Eileen Gray Campus, the project will move forward step by step. If it is to become a reality, both public funding and the support of private sponsors will be needed.


Principal stages

The operation will be implemented by following three priotities and with support from private sponsors. The continued restoration of the three listed historic monuments is the first priority and will receive funding from the State (DRAC PACA) and the Conservatoire du littoral. In addition to the one million euros already committed from 2007 to 2013, the next phase of restoration work will cost the same amount, half of which will be funded by the State.

The other two priorities are the purchase of the disused shed at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin station and villa Giori, the property next door to E-1027. These purchases will make it possible to set up the facilities needed to welcome visitors (reception, ticket office, cafeteria, bookshop, exhibition hall, entertainment and prestige area, library, mediation centre and conference rooms. Each of these projects will cost approximately 2 million euros, half of which will be raised from sponsorship.


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. 

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