Villa Paul Poiret
The villa Paul Poiret located at the Mézy-on-Seine, 32 route d'Apremont, in the department of the Yvelines (France), is the work of the Architecte Robert Mallet-Stevens which could not however complete it. Like the Villa Savoye, built with Poissy by Le Corbusier a few years later, this villa belongs to the current of the Modern architecture of the Entre-deux-guerres. Uninhabited, it was in very bad condition. With the autumn 2007, important work of rehabilitation is in hand (modification of the terrace, rough-casting of the frontages, change of the door frames, setting to the standard of the electrical circuits). The house of the guard, as for it, is walled and remains without door frames.
It is a geometrical composition with the very purified lines. This white construction, in Concrete, with the cubic forms has generous proportions: 800 m ² of livable space. The hall, part principal of the villa, offers seven meters height under ceiling and two large picture windows which go up up to the ceiling. The higher terrace gives an impregnable panorama on the valley of the Seine.
It was built on order in 1924 - 1925 for the dressmaker Paul Poiret in a park of 5 hectares dominating the village and the valley of the the Seine. This last described it as follows: “ linked Surfaces, arrises, curves clear, polished matters, right angles, clearness, order. It is my logical and geometrical house. ”.
He however never lived it and occupied only the house of the guard while waiting for the completion of the building site which he could not continue, its designers house having gone bankrupt in 1926. He resold it in 1930 with the actress Elvire Popesco, who made him undergo transformations by the architect Paul Boyer in 1932, denaturing the preliminary draft somewhat. It added to it in particular windows in the shape of port-hole and rambardes in the shape of rail, which was worth with the villa the nickname of “steamer”. She lived there until 1985. Since this date, it is given up and its state was strongly degraded.
She was classified with the additional inventory of the historic buildings in 1984.
In 1999, an impassioned industrialist repurchased it with the public biddings for an amount of 1,8 franc million. He would plan to restore it in the initial spirit of Robert Mallet-Stevens. The villa is opened with the public episodically, in particular at the time of the European Journées of the inheritance.
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