The Punta Tragara Hotel in Capri
Le Corbusier stayed at the Punta Tragara Hotel, in Capri, when it was still a private villa. The legendary Swiss architect fell in love with this building, despite how distant it was from his personal style. He described it on “Domus” magazine as “an extension of the rock, a filiation of the island, a vegetable phenomenon, almost an architectural lichen, grown off the side of Capri”.
In the first half of the 1900s, the immense villa’s library and music room were a real cultural center, where the world of art went to meet. The building was built by engineer Emilio Enrico Vismara – a modern philanthropist who strongly supported the island’s development.
General Eisenhower and sir Winston Churchill enjoyed the wonderful view – that embraces the faraglioni and the bay of Marina Piccola –, when the Americans used the structure as their headquarters during the Second world war.
It was only at the end of the 1960s that this “architectural lichen, grown off the side of Capri” was transformed into the splendid and luxurious hotel it is now, maintaining all of its original beauty intact.