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The Villa Arson in Nice

Located on the hill of Saint-Barthélemy, the Villa Arson occupies a vast estate surrounding an 18th-century Italian-style villa. Facing the sea, it overlooks Nice and the Baie des Anges, an enchanting landscape admired by the first tourists. Today it is an unusual architectural complex to be discovered off the beaten track. A jewel of modern architecture built by Michel Marot, it is also a temple in witch contemporary art is practised, taught, and exhibited. A curious mix of mineral and vegetable, it spreads out over 17,000 square metres. The concrete walls of its main building are covered in Var pebbles. Punctuated with patios, the complex is divided in two by a central “street”, which continues underneath the immense bench terraces, hanging gardens of sorts, surrounded by remarkable trees.

ISBN : 978-2-757701-26-3

64 pages, Anglais, illustrations couleur, 22,5 x 11 x 0,5 cm, 2011

Editeur(s) : Éditions du patrimoine


Léo Noyer-Duplaix (Auteur-trice)

Design :

Marc Brugier

Crédits photo :

Siah Armajani/Villa Arson : 26b; Chalons-en-Champagne/Région Champagne-Ardenne/J. Philippot : 9b; coll. part : 9h;école nationale supérieure d'architecture de Marseille/faculté des sciences de Luminy/université de la Méditerranée : 1er rabat int. h ; M. Marot/archives privée : 8, 11, 19, 22, 23h et b, 24, 25, 30; Nice archives départementales des Alpes-Maritimes : 6h, 7;Nice, bibliothèque du chevalier de Cessole : 2-3h, 4-5; L.Noyer-Duplaix : 27, 28-29h, 36; Paris, Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine/archive d'architecture du XXème siècle : 20-21h, 21b; A. Sallé : 31b, 34h, 38;Villa Arson : 4ème de couv., 32b, 37b, 39h, 42h et b, 43h et b, 52-53b, 54h, 55c, 58 h et b, 60b;Villa Arson/Archives M. Marot : 6b, 10b, 12, 13h et b, 14, 15, 16-17h, 16b, 17b, 18h et b, 44-45b;Villa Arson/O. Amsellem : 1ère de couv., 1ère rabat ext., 1h, c et b, 32h, 33, 34b, 35b, 37h, 40, 41, 44h, 45h, 46, 47, 49b, 50, 51h et b, 52h, 53h, 54b, 55h, 56h, 57h, 56-57b, 59h, et b, 60h, 61h et b, 62h et b, 63;Villa Arson/J. Brazille : 31h, 35h, 37b, 38-39b, 48-49h, 55b.