The Cap Moderne Association is a charitable body set up in 2014 to restore and open to visitors the Cap Moderne site in Roquebrune Cap Martin in France. The site contains two jewels of Modern architecture, Eileen Gray’s E1027 seaside Villa and Le Corbusier’s Cabanon, both listed Historic Monuments, and a Unesco World heritage site, linked by the amazing Etoile de Mer seaside pub and holiday cottages. The whole belongs to the Conservatoire du Littoral, France’s coastal protection agency.
The Association is a group of benevolent volunteers who, over 7 years have catalysed and overseen the restoration of each element of the site, hiring specialist architects and experts whose efforts are validated by a distinguished Scientific Committee. They have also planned and overseen the creation of visitor facilities at the nearby Roquebrune Cap Martin station.
Half of the overall investment of almost 5 million euros has been provided by the French State and Regional authorities, the other half by fundraising by the Association, whose President is Michael Likierman and Vice.President Magda Rebutato.
The mission of the Cap Moderne Association has been to:
Since May 2nd, 2018, the Centre des monuments nationaux has been responsable for day to day operation of visits and the site, and took over full responsibility from the end of 2021 when restoration was complete.
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Cap Moderne has been fortunate to enjoy the support of a Committee of Honour composed of leading public figures, presided by H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco.
Cap Moderne enjoys the scientific support of numerous researchers, several of whom are members of the Association’s Scientific Committee.
Robert Jourdan (regional curator for Historic Monuments), Yves Cranga (curator), Christophe Curial (conservation officer) and Luc Albouy (architect from Bâtiments de France) also make scientific and technical contributions whenever an appraisal is needed for rehabilitation operations carried out on the site.
The Scientific Committee meets at least once a year to approve the work projected in the next period and to review that which has been accomplished. It first met in 2014 to approve the PSC (Projet Scientifique et Culturel), i.e. the blueprint for the transformation and restoration of the site, drawn up by Mediéval for Cap Moderne, the Conservatoire du Littoral and the town of Roquebrune Cap Martin.
The Le Corbusier Foundation constitutes a partner of prime importance. This Foundation coordinated the application for the inscription on Unesco’s List of World Heritage Sites of Le Corbusier’s Architectural Work.
Other scientists and architects have also made contributions. Among them we should mention the early contributions made by Claude Prelorenzo, Bruno Chiambretto, Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Bénédicte Gandini, Peter Adam, Nerte Fustier-Dautier, Monique Baillon, Jean-Michel Bossu and Eric de Backer.
We must also mention the contributions from university workshops such as that held in 2008-2009 with the participation of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'architecture of Marseille. A further workshop with the students from University of Texas at Austin led to a reconstruction of the bedroom of E1027 exhibited in Austin, Texas and in Berlin.
The Association receives major logistical support from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin town, the latter’s technical departments and from the tourist office.
Sponsors include the following partners:
The American Friends of E-1027
The Le Corbusier Foundation
The Getty Foundation
the Assiste Foundation
the Porter Foundation
The Conran Foundation
and other donors who wish to remain anonymous
Cap Moderne benefits indirectly from sponsorship granted to the Conservatoire du littoral: www.conservatoire-du-littoral
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