Docomomo Belgium | Docomomo Switzerland
24th April, 2019, Auditoire Victor Bourgeois, Brussels, Belgium
DATE: 24/4/2019
Docomomo Belgium and Docomomo Switzerland have organized a conference about the restoration of Buvette d’Evian (Novarina, J. Prouvé, S. Ketoff, 1955-57). This conference will be held on the 24th April 2019, and has the collaboration of ULB Faculté d’Architecture.

Completed in 1957, the Nouvelle Buvette de la Source Cachat – or Pump Room for the Cachat springs – at Évian-les-Bains is ranked as a twentieth century icon. The building was the product of fruitful collaboration by a team capable of combining tremendous plastic sensitivity with precise structural rigour: Maurice Novarina, an experienced architect; the “construction genius” Jean Prouvé; and architect­-engineer Serge Ketoff. From their collective exploit came a technical object of undoubted originality, a daring performance delivered with gusto – this was much more than just industrial materials made to look good. Precision mechanics rather than Meccano, this masterpiece so cherished by Jean Prouvé is an impeccably calibrated assemblage of very different elements and components. The Buvette seems to inhabit perfectly the urban landscape of Évian, on the shores of Lake Geneva.
With the release of the initial monograph, this conference presents research done by the Laboratory for Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne as part of the analysis undertaken prior to the program of conservation.

Auditoire Victor Bourgeois – 19 place Flagey 1050 Brussels

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