Architecture

Eileen Gray's Seaside Villa E-1027 Has Been Polished to Perfection

Architect Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has just completed a 12-year restoration.
Architect Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has just completed a 12-year restoration.

Glimpsed from the see, you might mistake the minimalist white-washed concrete rectangle on stilts for a design by a contemporary starchitect. Yet anyone familiar with Villa E-1027—Irish designer Eileen Gray’s visionary 1929 holiday home off the French Riviera in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin—would notice a dramatic change in the facade. Call it the final touch: added to the terrace, which juts out over the rocky shore like an elegant ocean liner, is a swathe of deep blue canvas adorned with a life buoy, plus awnings in the same striking shade.

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