Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer - Villa Key Largo
- department: Var
- common: Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer
- naming: Villa Key Largo
- address : avenue de la Corniche
- Author: André BARBIER-BOUVET (architect)
- date: 1951
- protection: unprotected building
- label patrimoine XXe: Commission régionale du patrimoine et des sites du 15 March 2007
André Barbier-Bouvet, an architect associated with neo-regionalism, produced most of his work in the Var. The conditions for ordering this construction are well known. In 1951, André Barbier-Bouvet received an order for a villa for an individual who had just acquired a plot at Rayol-Canadel, on the seashore. This villa, presented to the sponsor as a "Hollywood" villa, testifies to the impetus given in the post-war period to modern architecture through the American dream.
The villa consists of two rectangular volumes connected by a circular vestibule that establishes the link between the reception area and the private area. The architect takes up the theme of the architectural walk by the presence of a gallery and a dining room, in mezzanines, which overlook a large Italian-style lounge paved in travertine open to a terrace arranged under a porch that dominates the sea.
The facades covered with a white coating are devoid of any element of decoration.
The roof terrace, covered with pebbles, is converted into a solarium.
The garden, designed by the architect, favours cacti and Mediterranean species (mimosas, eucalyptus, pines etc.). A free-form swimming pool has been added to the lower part of the plot.
The entrance gates, made of metal tube with a repeated pattern of concentric circles, are inspired by the creations of Sonia Delaunay.
This villa appears in the work known by the architect as one of his most modern achievements.
- Editor: Eve Roy, drac paca crmh, 2006