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Villa Bouilhet "L' ange volant" Garches, Paris, France

1926 Garches, Paris, France

Tony H.Bouilhet

Emilio Lancia, Tommaso Buzzi

L'Ange Volant was the name that Ponti gave after the initial one of La Saint-Cloudienne to the Italian villa he designed for Tony Bouilhet and built at Garches, outside Paris in the vicinity of Saint-Cloud's Golf Club (a place that seemed to stimulate architectural events in those years: from Le Corbusier's villa for the four Americans in Paris, Gertrude, Leo, Michael, and Sarah Stein to Perret's villa for Numar Bey). This villa was the first house that Gio Ponti built abroad. The central hall is two stories high and contains the stairs, a motif that Ponti would return to over the years. Its painted ceiling designed by Ponti is a sort of large colored tent suspended over the room.