Between guided tours and study sessions, I finally had the chance to visit Villa Cavrois, located in Croix, nearby Roubaix (France), a stone’s throw from Brussels.
The Villa was created between 1929 and 1932 for Paul Cavrois, industrialist and owner of the Cavrois-Mahieu company, and his family. It is the work of Robert Mallet-Stevens, an influential French architect and designer.
This magnificent villa is a true modern castle (2,800 m² of flooring!) and a real architectural manifesto. Mallet-Stevens chose industrial materials and techniques (glass, metal, steel) and designed the interior furnishing making it refined and simple at the same time, caring down to the smallest detail.
During the visit, I was impressed by the dimension of the building, its starkness and functionality, together with its elegance.
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I would have placed it in the 50s/60s; clearly ahead of its time!
Absolutely! Inside you can also find advanced equipment such as central heating, telephones and a lift!
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