Villa Noailles

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A modern masterpiece

The villa’s initial commission asked for a “small, interesting house to live in” in Hyères, South of France. This was quite a challenge for the young architect Robert Mallet-Stevens who had been contracted by Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, a wealthy couple of Parisian patrons with avant-garde tastes.

Angles and perspectives

Every Friday, the Villa extends its visiting hours onto the evening (opening between 16.00 and 20.00)

The construction works on the house began in 1923. In the small, provincial town of Hyères, the building must have caused quite a stir and, still today, the villa strikes out for the modernity of its architecture: an intricate game of cubes and light.

Having undergone successive extensions, the villa comprises of guest rooms, an indoor pool, a gym and a cubist garden designed by Gabriel Guévrékian. The Noailles couple commissioned creative professionals whose styles matched their daring tastes, working with an inter-war generation of glass workers, artists, gardeners and designers who created pieces especially for the house. In the Villa, the couple hosted illustrious guests including Luis Buñuel, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso.

 

An artists’ meeting place

 

Your turn to be a guest of the Villa: visit its rooms and gardens. Still today, the Villa Noailles cultivates an original spirit of creativity and innovation, organising renown events like the International Festival of Fashion and Photography taking place in April, the Design Parade in July as well as numerous exhibitions on architecture and photography throughout the year.

 

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