In 2010, architect Savin Couelle took me to see and document a few houses he’d completed in the 1970s on Cavallo, a private island located about a mile off the coast of Bonifacio, Corsica. Recently I found film from the trip in a forgotten box stashed away.
I took these photographs from a small speed boat that was operating at full throttle, with my old Canon EOS3 and some inadequate lens that I can’t recall and, moreover, while simultaneously doing my best to focus on my host, Couelle, who was in my ear animatedly describing each scene as it blurred before us. I just had to get a few quick photographs, though, as Cavallo isn’t exactly within my normal reach. It was an unforgettable boat ride.
Overall, there’s so much that’s right about how they’ve built on the island. Big money, a Cavallo requirement, doesn’t always do it this way, the concept of “sensitively small.”
Odds are you’ll never get to Cavallo. And with that in mind, I wanted to post a portion of the pictures here on the blog. (By the way, you can see the great Couelle’s houses on Cavallo in my book Handmade Houses.)