Designed as a birthday gift to his wife Yvonne, and intended to be a low-cost spot to spend their summer holidays as a couple, the cabanon is the most personal of Le Corbusier’s projects. It was located just down the hill from his one-time friend Eileen Gray’s villa E.1027, (the pair fell out when he daubed the interior of Gray’s house with his own murals) and when Le Corbusier died it was while swimming in the coastal waters near the Cabanon. Yet, for all the building’s biographical significance, the15sq m-structure is of interest ultimately because it represents a distillation of the architect’s ideas on minimal living. Le Corbusier completed his original sketches for the structure in 45 minutes on New Year’s Eve, 1951, but they were based on a career’s worth of contemplation.


source : blueprintmagazine.co.uk