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Contemporary Vernacular - WY-TO architects - France
  • Contemporary Vernacular - WY-TO architects - France
  • Contemporary Vernacular - WY-TO architects - France
  • Contemporary Vernacular - WY-TO architects - France
Contemporary Vernacular - WY-TO architects - France
WY-TO architects


WY-TO are multidisciplinary Architectural Designers based in Singapore and Paris, specialising in architecture, interior design, exhibition design and cultural curation. The Singapore practice was established in 2010 by founder, Yann Follain, and together with Pauline Gaudry, the Paris office was founded in 2012 to strengthen the multicultural portfolio of both offices by leveraging cultural exchanges, new forms of construction and synthesising disciplines for an integrative design approach. Our diversified knowledge has been built over multiple experiences developing and executing projects in various scales for clients in the residential, commercial, artistic exhibition and museum sectors.

At the core of WY-TO’s philosophy is our fundamental belief that design must serve a cause. Our disciplined approach is rooted in research and strategy and aims to develop timeless, durable environments with a strong focus on context and content as our driving methodology, beyond pure aesthetics. As Sustainability advocates, we work to maximise human wellbeing from the responsible use of resources through sensitive green design to minimise negative environmental impact when designing objects, buildings and spaces.

We continuously refine our design ideology to push boundaries and address distinct constraints. WY-TO’s multicultural identity provides a unique perspective, whether in developing enduring sustainable architecture; evocative living and working experiences; iconic, experiential exhibitions; memorable cultural journeys or helping society’s underprivileged living in challenging environments.

Ultimately, our mission is to deliver inspired, thoughtful and long-lasting solutions that essentially respond to real, humanistic needs.

Project Description

Contemporary Vernacular is a holiday house in the South-East of Corsica, the largest French island in the Mediterranean Sea.
This architectural monolith has been developed in harmony with its context, using material from the region and relying on local expertise for the craftsmanship.Thick walls are made out of stones, all windows and doors use local wood while the concrete floor has been cast using timber planks revealing its genuine pattern. This approach combined with high efficient mechanical equipment ensure the project is sustainable and environmental friendly.

On one hand, the external look of the house reveals an ensemble deeply rooted in its Vernacular context. While on the other hand, the interior layout and design atmosphere suits perfectly the Contemporary lifestyle of its inhabitant.

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