Maison C is a stunning modern family home that has been designed by Lode Architecture, located about twenty kilometers from Paris, in Île-de-France, a region of France. Completed in 2010, the clients wanted for this new home a voluntary architectural approach, free from conventions, and totally bespoke. The main themes were quickly identified: continuities and discontinuities, sharing spaces and intimate spaces, distances and visual relationships between children and parents, arrival sequence and position of the garage and integration of the pool.
Revisiting the uninhibited Californian architecture houses, windows and widely adapted to the context of the larger suburbs, the project scripted the comings and goings of vehicles and staged the pool at the center of family life. Across the width of the plot, the horizontal shape of the house is organizing a garden at the front and a patio on the back. The whole house fits into the natural slope of the land to be part of the landscape. The old orchard is fully architected.
We discover the house flowing along the garden before slipping under the volume that houses the parking. A private staircase leads directly to the heart of the house. The rear of the house is built around a patio. This protected view of the surrounding houses space creates a visual game between the space of parents and children. The sequence kitchen-dining-room-pool is organized on an axis that connects the pool deck to patio. The lounge overhanging glazed and hand-else, enjoys sweeping views overlooking the garden and open views over the rooms for children.
The choice of a single storey house offers here, in the absence of compactness, the ability to guide all living areas to the south. Solar gain in the summer is controlled by advanced roofing and controlled by external sliding shutters. The pool and terrace also benefit from the most favorable exposure. Pond water is heated by the roof panels. A heat pump also provides heating and hot water in the house. The patio planted north opposite the mineral soil of the south facade accentuates the temperature difference between the two facades. This architectural feature promotes natural cooling by convection of the house without using air conditioning. Isolated from the outside house, enjoying the large inertia of the concrete slabs. If the architecture of the house incorporates these devices sustainability in design, aesthetics tends to break free, in the idea of a mature ecology: an invisible ecology.
Photos: Courtesy of Lode Architecture
Villa L’Escalet is an incredibly stunning seaside vacation villa designed by French studio Vincent Coste, located in Ramatuelle, near Saint Tropez, France. The villa is perched on a steep terrain with lush forests and crystal clear waters, offering sensational panoramic sea views of the Mediterranean Sea. Located in l’Escalet, this intimate natural oasis is just ten minutes from the famous Pampelonne beaches and St. Tropez nightlife.
If you love this villa, you can stay here as a vacation rental, offering five bedrooms and five bathrooms, sleeping a maximum of 10 people, nightly rates run from $3,878, here.
A composition of independent volumes offset allows a set of frames and perspectives on sight. Each volume works as a flag and making the economy of inland surface circulation. This option to achieve five bedrooms for indoor area of 1,291 square feet (120 square meters).
his economy of space could also be achieved by integrated design to each room furniture bathroom. A large wooden structure an integral part of the architectural composition provides sunscreen outdoor spaces and helps to create outdoor spaces differentiated. The overlay zones lives is perfectly suited to life in resort offering the potential of a single site.
The entire wooden structure was particularly studied to meet the requirements of sustainable development.The technical part of the project was dictated by the complex field access on either a steep slope and a willingness to respect the maximum natural character of the site bordering natural area.
The fully equipped, open concept kitchen, offers 180-degree views of the sea, making cooking a pleasure. Floor-to-ceiling glass door
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The renovation of a private residence completed in 2014 in La Rochelle, France results in the open and luminous ‘white house’, designed by Le Studio Pierre Antoine Compain. The scheme is organized around a full-height atrium, located beneath a large roof window, which allows light to flow into each of the four floors. Glass partitions and white floors in this inner void promote illumination, while promoting an overall openness both in vertical and horizontal axes. Small pods extend into the central space to create areas scaled for individual use, including a computer station and reading nook.
Presentation of the Studio:
To begin there is space, an empty space, sometimes attached to a past but always turned to the possibilities that the future holds. This space is precious, along with the designs that will take place within. The studio’s work consists of sculpting the void, the emptiness, and transforming it by shining light upon volumes, functions and materials. Our ambition is to create a unique spatial design that will be self-evident and recognizable. Deeply attached to the laid back identity of Southern France, The Studio is also inspired by other horizons, other cultures, from the vibrant colors of Brazil to the sleek lines of the Florida coast. Our creations reflect a taste for light, lively colors and soft forms. The studio aspires to present a global approach to the project, where design and product meet to form one. Our goal is to share our design driven philosophy with our clients in search of singular, spectacular and foremost identifiable spaces.
Villa Chamade is a minimalist and contemporary estate situated just a few minutes away from the center of Cannes, France and the prestigious Cap d’Antibes, a perfect compound for your French Riviera holidays. This property has a commanding hillside position on 3,400 square meters of land, featuring sumptuous panoramic views of the bay and the Lerins Islands. This attractive luxury residence offers 7,104 square feet (660 square meters) of living space with its six en-suite bedrooms, meticulously designed spacious living room and two kitchens for summer and winter time.
Exuding a feeling of spaciousness throughout the residence, the interiors have been designed in a highly contemporary manner, with diverse finishes. The array of textures creates a welcoming and dynamic ambiance. If all these were not enough to define a striking French Riviera home, you will also be enjoying a gorgeous pool overlooking the bay with its jacuzzi, a spa and hamman which completes the perfect picture.
Villa Chamade is currently listed for sale on Sotheby’s, with the price is available on request.
House R is a family home for a couple with three kids which has been designed by Colboc Franzen & Associés, situated in Sèvres, a Parisian suburb in France. The family had acquired a plot of land, which was, at the time, occupied by an orchard and its gardener’s shed. The small construction along with the healthy trees were preserved in memory of the past. The program was discussed and analyzed. The 3,223 square foot (299.5 square meters) house consists of three separate sets: the amenities (lobby, office, laundry room, basement, garage), the common areas (living room, dining room, kitchen and the parental suite), and finally the children’s bedrooms, arranged around a multipurpose space.
The methods and time of occupation are distinct and expectations are different: practicality for the first feature, collective life and reception area for the second and cosiness for the third. Furthermore, this fragmentation comes into resonance with the context: it is not just a house anymore but three volumes that come across the scale of heterogeneous nearby constructions. Due to the small size of the site volumes are superimposed.
The first volume is built backing on to the neighboring construction and runs parallel to the street. It’s half buried in the slope and therefore levels the ground. Made out of masonry, quenched with a single layer of bitumen and recovered with Corten steel sheets, this first floor contains all the amenities. Walls, ceiling and floor are white and contrast with the exterior. Those elements converge on the staircase and accelerate the perspective so the visitor is quickly projected into the house. The hall leads to the office and the laundry. The cloakroom and the restrooms are hidden in the thickness of the walls. Thanks to the first volume which levels the ground, the second floor is in direct relation with the garden. As far as the cantilever is concerned, it constitutes a canopy for the main entrance of the house. This floor is dedicated to the collective life. It’s a really opened and fluid space.
The second floor is divided by two “pieces of furniture”. The first piece incorporates the stairs, the kitchen, the restrooms and the chimney whereas the second one is composed of the dressing and the bathroom. Those two blocks delineate the living room, the dining room and the parental suite. It’s a very minimalist place.
All the terraces offer various points of view and different aspects depending on the season.
The third and last floor is, once again, leaning on the neighboring building. The volume is wrapped with pine lath so the house can be in the line of the predominant color shades of the district. Since the volume is on the top of the construction and dedicated to the children, the wooden cladding was also a wink to tree houses. On the third floor three bedrooms and their bathrooms are organized around a multipurpose space. This double-oriented space is protected by a screen wall on the street side, and leads to a large terrace (rooftop of the second floor) on the south side. Bedrooms are also double-oriented to optimize views and natural lightening and provide natural and efficient ventilation.
Sustainability was a main objective of the project: exterior isolation, recyclable materials with low environmental impact, high-performance glazing.
Photographs: Cécile Septet
This old farmhouse in the Pyrenees Mountains, France has been decorated for the holidays in a Nordic spirit because it snows heavily in the winter. This Nordic appearance permeates every corner of the house. The owners transformed this 18th century residence in their principal home after a thorough reform. The home had no electricity or running water and being an old country house, the stables were located on the ground floor, the foundations were of great concern. It was an absolute ruin, but with the help of architects Ferran Vila Barceló and Ferran Vila Franch, the house was recovered to its former glory and modernized to be comfortable and cozy.
We knew the owner wanted to preserve as much original appearance. We take everything we could underpinning and reinforcing the old structure and recovering and recycling the damaged materials. Even small, useless to hold the deck beams were used in the ceiling of the rooms, to beautify the windows, in the bathroom mirror or for part of the furniture … A challenge! Many of the furnishings as we made our own designs, using, for example , old pieces of wood from old doors, they could no longer fulfill its original function.
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Spread out on two levels, the bedrooms were located on the top — with direct access from the outside — is an open space that houses the kitchen, dining and great room opened . “The kitchen is one of the jewels of the house. We both like to cook and invite our friends. It was imperative to have a space in which many people live and be attractive, warm and effective. ” Designed by the firm Tenuee, the structure of the furniture is made of solid oak front doors and drawers were made with ancient wooden boats from the Japara area in Indonesia. ” We had a hard time finding what we wanted. We are young and we wanted to choose something casual with which to identify and to contrast without attracting much attention with the rest of the house.”
The rest of the decor is simple and rustic Nordic breathes with certain strokes. “Ceilings with exposed beams, stone walls, old wood, natural fabrics, shades of cream, pickled … We were attracted to a lot of furniture, materials and unique pieces in which the passage of time becomes apparent.” The comfortable bedroom has solid wood beamed ceilings, sweetened by fir branches, pine cones and wreaths spread out on the antique furnishings.
Photos: El Mueble
Villa Solaire is a converted old farmhouse into a luxury rental villa, revisiting traditional techniques in the village of Morzine, in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. The renovation was carried out by Jérémie Koempgen Architecture and FUGA, built in 1826, it was singled out by the municipality as a landmark for traditional architecture. A uniform cladding wraps the whole farm. One of the challenges of the project was to preserve its appearance, while filtering light into the heart of the 6,673 square foot (620 square meters) building. The traditional technique of decorative cut-outs within the wood strips was used to perform specific perforations within the planks. The design of this simple and contemporary pattern is consistent with the equipment and techniques used by the local carpenter for cutting spruce slats. These cut-outs recall the disjointed battens of the traditional barn, used for drying hay.
Today, these slits bring light inside the building. The glazed elements of the project, which are flush with the inside of the façade, are partially hidden by the cover strips. As they are not visible from outside they do not interfere with the uniformity of the cladding.
Throughout the year, the surrounding roofs and buildings cast their shadows on the facades. The pattern within the cladding is designed to respond to the path described by these shadows: the areas receiving a greater amount of sun are all the more open and provide a certain legibility of the continuity between the common spaces of the house.
This concept of interlocking inside/outside, evokes a lifestyle in harmony with its surroundings and leads to the project being named the “solar house”: a house exposed on its four facades to the path of the sun, perceived as a sundial.
Finding one’s bearings: A living geography
The idea is to move through this house between four “blocks” steady as rocks, located at each corner of the building. Each independent unit forms a suite with sleeping area and amenities.
Between these four blocks, the remaining space is occupied by a succession of stacked floors at different levels in the framework. This continuum of generous space welcomes the activities shared by the inhabitants: cooking, dining, watching a film, conversing in the living room, warming up around the fire…
These four blocks mark the house as the summits punctuate the valley. In Haute Savoie, one instinctively relates the farms to the mountains. Again, this symbolic association is translated in each block as it is identified in its facing mountainous terrain, just as the framework can be interpreted as a forest, whose various topographical lines are recalled within the different floor levels.
Revealing the structure:Nested scales or “the complex of the snail”
The charm of the original farm resides in the existing structure. Conserving its overall appearance was of one of the project’s key challenges, which motivated its restoration: It was fully recovered and the original plastering preserved after brushing and trimming.
In order to clear the room of the nave while meeting the rental house needs, utility functions were closely integrated. A strong contrast results from the scales of the cozy bedrooms, bathrooms and sleeping alcoves, next to the open central meeting space. The complexity of these nested spaces is combined with a similar research in terms of details and materials.
Photos: Julien Lanoo
Chalet Brickell enjoys the luxury of a stunning setting at the heart of Megève, a commune in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Developed by Pure Concept, a Swiss designer-creator firm specialized in luxury properties, this exceptional 12,900 square foot Chalet, with its guest house, blends in perfectly with the small town. Situated at the foot of the mountain, surrounded by nature and unforgettable mountain views, it seems to have found its natural place. Designed to precise specifications, down to the tiniest detail, it offers the rich sobriety of noble materials, the subtlety of elegant combinations, and a superbly functional space. Nothing is left to chance. Every accessory has its role to play: a breath of color, a glow of light, bespoke rugs, unique motifs. Behind this chic modernity lies a truly authentic simplicity.
Chalet Brickell and its guest house sleeps up to 18 guests within seven bedrooms and can be booked all year round from $33,877 to $182,938/per week, depending on the season, from here.
The staircase, like a modern drawbridge, allows access to the large living room. The transparent blend of metal, glass and steel elegantly complements the warm harmonies of antique woods. Pure lines create a comfort that is absolute simplicity. The overall effect is one of a neutral, modest, welcoming refinement that makes the perfect setting for works of art or original shots by renowned photographers.
Golden bedroom. Antique wood and a Fortuny-inspired pleated headboard set the tone in the room with gold-colored quilted curtains. Like a plush bedspread, a large fur blanket covers the bed, which is fitted with sheets with touches of gold for a gold room.
White bedroom. Leather-paneled walls match the headboard, in shades of taupe that accentuate the whiteness of the bed linens and accessories. Fur adds a touch of warmth.
Master bedroom. Meticulously executed finishing touches and exquisite attention to detail make this space a true haven of well-being. The master bedroom owes its beauty to the skills of Italian craftsmen, specialised in the construction of yachts. Walls made of wood meet an oak floor covered with thick rugs, while shagreen leather frames the doorway. Cut-velvet panels line the wall and ceiling, like a «canopy» above the bed, which is covered with a fur bedspread. Heavy drapes and an enveloping easy chair create a cozy reading corner. Here, you feel cocooned. Taupe leathers adorn the easy chair and leather-covered sliding doors open onto the marble bathroom, where two identical Japanese-style shower rooms face each other.
The night club, as well as the home cinema and its large screen, have been installed to the highest professional standards and make use of the very latest technical developments. Dancers can enjoy an LED lighting system created by a specialist who provides the lighting solutions for discotheques throughout the world. The «dark» room puts the emphasis on comfort, with luxurious couches and individual service.
The indoor pool looks onto the garden and benefits from the natural light. To protect privacy, specially designed curtains can be drawn across the large windows – a little like the Hollywood of the fifties. Bed loungers, along with a teak floor like the deck of a yacht, give the feel of a relaxing cruise.
The huge garage in the basement links the main chalet and the guest house. From here, the leisure rooms can be accessed. A showcase for car collectors or enthusiasts, it has been designed to house 4x4s, racing cars and also elegant limousines, with a focus on aesthetics and rigor. The floor has a «granular» surface, the central axis features the colors of Brickell, while the walls display the fastest and most famous racing drivers, with Steve McQueen in top position.
The teak terrace, against a backdrop of snow, is the perfect place to relax in the sun. White sets the inside-outside tone and gives a warm comfort to an open-air relaxation area. Custom-made sun loungers, for moments of leisure, adopt a deck-chair look with high-quality yacht-style details.
The chalets, situated in two of the best French ski resorts (Megève and Courchevel 1850) are equipped with services worthy of grand palaces: transfer by helicopter, housekeeper, private chef, chauffeur, concierge, massage and beauty care etc. In the style of a hotel for the private individual, with exceptional services, it is pure made-to-measure.
Chalet Les Sorbiers offers a peaceful and secluded location, nestled into the mountainside, in the heights of Courchevel 1850, in the village of Val d’Isère, France. As part of one of Courchevel’s most luxurious and exclusive hotels, Le Kilimandjaro, Chalet Le Sorbiers offers all of the facilities and faultless service that you’d expect from the 5 star hotel, in the privacy and opulence of your own luxury ski chalet. From its traditional wooden exterior, exposed beams and wood paneled walls and ceilings, to the massive stone fireplace centerpiece, the chalet exudes alpine charm, which is complemented perfectly by elegant furnishings and the latest technology.
The retreat showcases a large open plan living and dining room with a grand central fireplace surrounded by comfortable armchairs and sofas. There is an LCD television, audio equipment and home cinema system for entertainment. The dining area has a spacious table that can comfortably seat all ten guests. There is a fully equipped separate kitchen where your private chef will prepare breakfast, afternoon tea and superb evening meals. There is also a butler who will always be around to make sure that you want for nothing.
To stay at this sensational chalet, rates are from $53,029 per week, sleeping 10, from here.
There are five en-suite bedrooms spread over the three floors. There are two doubles with en-suites on the ground floor along with double that features a stunning fireplace and en-suite. On the same floor as the sitting area is another en-suite double although it is slightly smaller than the other bedrooms. The fifth and final bedroom is on the top floor and is a superb master suite with sitting area. Outside on the south-facing terrace is a beautiful wooden hot-tub, there’s a small private garden and the property has a heated garage, although there is a chauffeur-driven car at your disposal throughout your stay.
Le Petit Chateau is one of the finest luxury ski chalets situated in an amazing location, Courchevel 1850, in the French Alps. The sumptuous contemporary interiors provide the ultimate in comfort and style, which makes the perfect mountain escape, both for those looking for a ski adventure or those simply wanting a relaxing break. The living area consists of two different areas, the living room and dining room with a warm atmosphere created by a central feature fireplace. There is a terrace that runs the length of the living area which overlooks le Bellecôte piste. The chalet has seven comfortable bedrooms all en suite, including a master bedroom with its own sitting room and desk area.
Ski straight to the door of your snow Château, leave your skis in the ski room and take the elevator up to the top floor. Here in the spacious living and dining area, a tempting array of cakes and treats are laid out for afternoon tea. Later you may want to descend to the lower floors for a little rest and relaxation. Chill out at the bar and watch a movie in the cinema room on the lower ground floor. Go down another level to discover the magnificent swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam and therapy room. Everything you would expect from a world class boutique hotel is here at Chalet Le Petit Château, but this is all just for you.
To book your stay at this fabulous chalet, rates start at $60,745 per week, sleeping 14, from here.