France's Modernist Landmark: Villa Noailles


Built in the 1920s, Villa Noailles is one of the most important works of modern architecture in France and was designed by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens for the art patrons Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, in the hills overlooking the seaside town of Hyères in the Var.

The exterior of Villa Noailles in Hyères, France - Olivier Amsellem
The pool at Villa Noailles in Hyères, France - Joël Tettamanti

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the couple were important patrons of modern art, particularly Surrealism. They also supported film projects by Man Ray, Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel and commissioned paintings, photographs and sculptures by Balthus, Giacometti, Brâncuși and Miró. Among other features of the expansive villa is a triangular Cubist garden created by the Armenian architect and designer Gabriel Guévrékian. The villa regularly hosts exhibits of photography, art and fashion and is open to the public.

Villa Noailles
Montée de Noailles, 83400 Hyères. Tel. (33) 4-98-08-01-98

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