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.
Eileen Gray's Seaside Villa E-1027 Has Been Polished to Perfection
In the 1920s, Eileen Gray built a stunning house by the sea in the South of France. Now, almost a century later, and with a few of Le Corbusier’s unauthorized murals on display, her dazzling modernist gem has been restored to its former glory. One of the modern world’s most inspiring spaces, it’s ready for you to come visit this summer.