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The Benkemoun Villa: An Architectural Rebirth

Published on , by Dimitri Joannides

This iconic 1970s house, recently restored by the journalist couple Brigitte Benkemoun and Thierry Demaizière, will be reborn this summer during the Rencontres d'Arles.

  The Benkemoun Villa: An Architectural Rebirth
© Serge Benkemoun
Built nearly fifty years ago by the architect Émile Sala (1913-1998) in the purest Seventies spirit, the Benkemoun Villa extends over a one-hectare estate at the gateway to Arles. The former Roman capital, mainly known as Van Gogh's inspiration, has established a glowing name in the French cultural landscape. Home to the Actes Sud publishing house (founded by the father of former Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen) and the Luma Foundation designed by Frank Gehry, and a top-ranking archaeology centre, the little Provencal town has hosted one of the world's most important contemporary photography festivals every summer since 1970. And now this vibrant place includes an amazing villa on its list of attractions.…
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