In Lyon city centre, a listed, Art Deco style villa and an office building in parklands with a lake.
The historic, cultural and gastronomic city of Lyon, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, has managed to preserve a large architectural heritage dating from the Gallo-Roman era through to the 20th century and including the Renaissance period. Furthermore, it is continually being enhanced with contemporary creations. This villa, standing in the city centre, is set in parklands, just a stone's throw from a Tgv train station with 2-hour links to Paris. Lyon-Saint-Exupéry international airport is a 20-minute car drive away. Geneva is 1½ hours away by road.
This property, in the city centre of Lyon, consists of a villa in approx. 2,000 m² of parklands, with a lake as well as a modern office building, constructed on the edge of the property. The residence was built in 1921 at the height of the Art Deco era, with some added Art Nouveau features. Inspired by the modernity of Tony-Garnier, it was given a terrace roof and was entirely constructed from reinforced concrete by two engineers, Léon-Lelièvre and Léon-Barbier, specialists in this material. Commissioned by a wealthy textile industrialist, whose wife adored Pompeian villas, the inside of this villa features a mixture of Italian and Art Nouveau styles. It abounds in decors coming from the latter movement as well as the works of Italian artists. It was given Historic Monument listing by French Order on 23 April 1991. Once much bigger, the parklands span an area of approx. 2,000 m² around the residence and still include a lake.
The listed residenceThis reinforced concrete villa, spanning two levels, is constructed over cellars. It faces north-south in a longwise direction. The rectangular building is flanked by a turret with corbelling. It features a terrace roof and two pergolas look down on the tower and the entrance to the building. The villa's symmetrical and geometrical facades are adorned with bow windows. The interior layout of the villa is far from traditional and corresponds to a new way of life. The main living space is laid out on the first floor. The garden level, once reserved for domestic staff, provides guests with privacy. The facade demonstrates a closed-in architecture, completely cut-off from the garden, a configuration often used in the Art Nouveau style.
Two doors in the vestibule open into the residence's lower level which houses a laundry room, a garage taking up the full width of the building and a flat, once used by domestic staff. A separate entrance via the garden provides access to two bedrooms as well as a shower room with a toilet. The windows feature magnificent signed stained glass. Corridor walls are covered with paintings in keeping with Art Nouveau principles, just like some of the furniture which is an integral part of the villa's carcass. At the time, the villa included the latest technical innovations such as a goods lift, a rubbish chute, a larder, central heating and an integrated watering system in the garden. The house was originally linked via an underground passageway to the owners' factory.
The entrance to the house is topped with a stained-glass roof and looked down on by a pergola. A glazed door opens into a vestibule which provides access to a stairway with marble steps, bordered by planters. The stairway goes up to a wide atrium illuminated via a glass roof. The atrium is decorated with a painted frieze by R-Burretta, bas-reliefs by Cavina and a marble decor by Ernesto-Giavina. The atrium is supported on either side by four columns and opens into a Roman bath which faces an exedra that adjoins an aviary with stained-glass and engraved windows. The walls and floor of the aviary are covered with mosaic tiles. The atrium constitutes the ...
Price € 4,500,000
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