DPLG Architects Cannes – Caprini Pellerin Architectes

As longtime friends who maintain a mutual respect and admiration, Kevin Caprini and Jerry Pellerin noticed how their differences and complementarities could amount to a successful collaboration. In 2008, they established Caprini & Pellerin and have seen their teamwork continue to strengthen ever since.

Kevin Caprini, an architect graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Paris Val de Seine and Marseille Luminy, is a pragmatic and rigorous achiever. Confident, stable and posed, he knows how to simplify and direct creative energies like no other.

Jerry Pellerin, a graduate of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris (ESA), is a passionate character who manages every project as if his life depended on it. A man of taste with undeniable social ease, Jerry has a strong culture of luxury, from decoration to contemporary art.

Both architects gained important experience in renowned architecture agencies such as Moatti-Rivière, Wilmotte & Associates, Valode and Pistre and Atelier 2/3/4.

Today, the two men, supported by a multidisciplinary team, manage their projects from their offices in Cannes, France. The studio consists of 5 other DPLG architects, 4 interior designers, 2 construction project managers, an economist, an accountant, a marketing manager, a personal assistant and an incredible network of experienced craftsmen, landscapers and artists.

The agency offers a diverse range of services: planning & feasibility studies, concept design, architecture and interior architecture, renovation and new-build, decoration, landscaping, custom furniture design, purchase of art and vintage furniture for residential, hospitality and retail projects.

Caprini & Pellerin Architectes is defined by its signature approach, developed and refined over the last three decades. Their work demonstrates an ardent interest in past traditions and crafts as well as in contemporary approaches & technologies. Each project is rooted in a rich understanding of sense and place to create carefully curated luxury tailored to its context.

For Caprini & Pellerin, architecture is all about achievements and challenges, which they find in the ability to reinterpret tradition in a contemporary manner. Each project is an opportunity for them to reinvent themselves with the same drive for perfect integration and meticulous attention to detail. They have successfully demonstrated this architectural philosophy throughout their projects.

Apartment Mariposa (view the project)
Villa Fidji (view the project)
Complexe Palm Beach (view the project)
Villa Ketamine (view the project)
Apartment Gabriel (view the project)
Villa Casa Vara (view the project)
Eco-resort Island (view the project)
Apartment Neptune (view the project)
Barn La Sousta (view the project)
Billadou Barn (view the project)

Caprini & Pellerin Architects chosen to restore the iconic Palm Beach in Cannes.

The architectural firm Caprini & Pellerin wins the ambitious restoration program of the legendary Palm Beach complex. This project marks a prestigious renewal for the iconic building. The project is driven by the company Cannes Balnéaire a joint venture between Patrick Tartary, David Barokas and the Madar Group.

Located on the tip of the Croisette, this project aims to create a new place of prestige on the Riviera. Designed mainly with local stakeholders, the overall exterior and interior architectural program was entrusted to the Cannes based firm Caprini & Pellerin Architects.

A little history…

The Palm Beach is an emblematic building of the city of Cannes that took part in forging the international reputation of the Riviera. The venue was the symbol of elegance and glamour, a location where numerous galas and high-profile parties would take place with personalities such as the Aga Khan and Marlène Dietrich.

Located in the Palm Beach area at the end of the legendary Croisette strip, the site has an exceptional panorama spanning from the Cap d’Antibes to the Esterel with a breathtaking view of the Lérins Islands and the bay of Cannes.

In 1963, the film producer Henri Verneuil immortalized the venue by directing Jean Gabin and Alain Delon in the film “Mélodie en Sous-Sol” with the famous scene of the robbery banknotes flying over the swimming pool. The Palm Beach was designed as the first summer Casino of Cannes, it was built in 1926 to look like an Arabian Palace by the architect Roger Seassal (winner of the Rome Prize) and entrusted to the management of Henri Ruhl and François André.

Unfortunately, over the years the building underwent transformations that polluted the original architectural reading and contributed to its decline.

“Over time, the Palm Beach gradually closed in on itself. The running of the Casino led to hazardous modifications to satisfy security compliances. The whole objective of our work has been to re-establish a strong relationship between the edifice and the surrounding public space by reworking the building and its facades. » emphasizes Kevin Caprini, architect.

A new chapter…

Modernized structure, legendary swimming pool, glittering mesh and VIP clubs… This project, whose funding amounts to over 100 million euros, aims to resurrect the legend of Palm Beach, set between tradition and modernity while preserving its soul and its history.

The concept of the scheme is positioned around “premium” entertainment. The new structure of over 23,000 sqm will host a large event hall, restaurants, a shopping mall, a new beach, underground parking and will regain its legendary Olympic seawater swimming pool.

To lead this program, the architectural duo, Kevin Caprini and Jerry Pellerin carried out extensive research on the history and evolution of Palm Beach. In particular, they surveyed a number of local people to find out about their expectations for this renovation. These investigations allowed the architects to get to know the building better, and thus to be able to respect the original nature of the venue while allowing Cannes residents to be a part of the project. Each facade will be harmoniously connected to the public space (city side) as well as to the landscape (seaside).

The objective of this refurbishment is to modernize the establishment while reinterpreting its original Hispano-Moorish and Art-Deco style.

“Our ambition is to give back the charm of yesteryear by rehabilitating the noble and historic parts while bringing a contemporary touch. » says Jerry Pellerin, architect.

The Architectural challenge and the mission of Caprini & Pellerin Architects is to re-establish dialogue between the building, its close environment and its distant environment. It is also the occasion to transform the building into a dedicated entertainment venue and to restore its initial splendor. The four facades and the ground plan will be redesigned with this in mind.

The first stone was laid mid-January 2021, demolition and asbestos removal work has begun…The project will be completed in 2023.

Client: Cannes Balnéaire SA (Patrick Tartary and David Barokas and the Madar group)

Architect: Caprini & Pellerin Architects


The global investment plan, which amounts to more than €100 million, is supported by the Cannes Balnéaire company, made up of Patrick Tartary, David Barokas and the Madar group. This ambitious project will create 500 to 600 jobs.

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