A new book – E-1027: Restoring a house by the sea – tells the story of the revival of an architectural masterpiece

|
February 25, 2022
  • Edited by Jean-Louis Cohen, professor of the history of architecture at New York University, E-1027: Restoring a house by the sea is for architecture and design enthusiasts as well as historians and heritage professionals.
  • Located in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, Villa E-1027 was built and designed by Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray and is an internationally recognised beacon of 1920s modernism.
  • E-1027: Restoring a house by the sea is published by Editions du Patrimoine with support from Community Jameel, the Cap Moderne Association, Aram Design, The Maybourne Riviera and the Conservatoire du Littoral.
  • The launch will take place at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux’s Marais headquarters on March 10, 2022.
Book cover of the E1027: Renaissance d'une maison en bord de mer
The cover of E-1027: Restoring a house by the sea

Paris, France: E-1027: Restoring a house by the sea, a new book published by Editions du Patrimoine and edited by Jean-Louis Cohen, professor of the history of architecture at New York University, brings to life the meticulous restoration of a dilapidated architectural masterpiece in the south of France.

Located in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Villa E-1027 was built and designed by Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray for, and in collaboration with, the architect Jean Badovici. Villa E-1027 represents an internationally recognised beacon of 1920s modernism, with every last detail carefully designed, from the building to the light fixtures to the garden overlooking the Mediterranean.

Following decades of neglect, the estate was purchased by the Conservatoire du Littoral, the French coastal protection agency, in 1999 and subsequently listed as an historical monument in 2000. From 2014 to 2021, restoration works at the site were overseen by the Cap Moderne Association, with assistance from a scientific committee headed by Professor Cohen. Now known as Cap Moderne, the site is managed by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the French heritage agency, and is open to the public.

The final stage of restoration works are the central subject of the book, which details the full journey of the site’s architecture with accounts from the experts whose work saw the restoration of the villa to its almost-original state. The book takes its readers, professionals and architecture and design enthusiasts alike, to the very heart of a remarkable adventure.

E-1027: Restoring a house by the sea was published with support from Community Jameel, the Cap Moderne Association, Aram Design, The Maybourne Riviera and the Conservatoire du Littoral. The launch will take place at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux’s Marais headquarters at the Hôtel du Sully on March 10, 2022.