La villa Cavrois, an architectural maniphesto
Discover la Villa Cavrois, a masterpiece of “Modernism” created by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1931.
It was abandonned and nearly destroyed. But hopefuly, the region, the town of Croix and the Centre des Monuments Nationaux decided to have the villa repared. It took them 12 years! The works were finished in june 2015 and you can now visit the Villa.
The villa is located in Croix, near Lille.
Here are some photos:
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The Villa Cavrois:
The entry fee is 7,50€. But I recommand you choose the “entry with a touch pad” (11,50€) : the Villa in itself is quite empty of furnitures and the touch pad gives you the abilty to see the Villa Cavrois as it was furnished in 1932, by pointing the pad on the walls in every room.
I also recommand you not to rush inside the Villa. Start the visit with the basement: you’ll have access to documents in english explaining the “life” of the Villa (its creation, the German occupation during WW2, etc.), and you’ll see an exhibition of the few pieces which were recovered when the Villa was almost destroyed (fragments of faience, electric switches, bathtub feet, etc.).
One last thing… The Villa Cavrois is rare and precious. So they’ll ask you to wear disposable sleepers.
How to get there?
On the website of the Villa Cavrois, they tell you not to come by car, and to take the streetcar up to Croix. If you like to walk and you’re in good health, do it : you’ll see the towns of La Madeleine, Wasquehal and Croix, wich offer some nice houses on the way. But if you use a wheelchair, if you’re old or if you have small kids, go by car. The streetcar station is a bit far from la Villa Cavrois and the pavements are gravelly. You might have difficulties finding a place to park your car because there is no car park close to la Villa. You’ll have to park on the pavements…
If you take the streetcar : You can take the “tramway” (streetcar) at Lille Flandres trainstation. Be carefull to take the streecar towards “Roubaix Eurotéléport”, not to “Tourcoing Centre”.
If you go by car :
Coordonates: 50° 40′ 00″ N 3° 09′ 51″ E
Adress: 60, Avenue du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy – 59170 Croix
You can see on this video a “before / after” showing the extent of the repair works.