Europe 40 Under 40 Awards Tell a friend
Les Sables d'olonne, France
Αrchitect: Benoit Rotteleur
Photograph: Antoine Seguin
Located on the French Atlantic coast in a village between the seashore and the marina is the project’s plot where a retired couple decided to settle. These customers wanted a Japanese-inspired house open to the garden.
The house project approaches this perimeter fence as a border between interior and exterior, private and public. Placed in the center of the plot, the plan of the house is a reduction of the square plan of the land. To offer a privileged relationship with the garden and take advantage of the multiple orientations, the house opens out on its four angles.
Inside a free star, space connects the four orientations. Between these two diagonals are located four volumes grouping together all the uses of the house. The perfectly symmetrical volumes distort the free space by creating perspectives, narrowings, openings. This dance of volumes brings great flexibility and diversity of use.
A house designed for thermal comfort throughout the year; the roof overhang has been calculated to let in the sun during winter months and block the rays during summer to avoid overheating.
With this star plan, the wood stove placed in the central room distributes the heat evenly in all directions and rooms. In the upper part of the pyramid, a roof window with a motorized opening facing north allows hot air to escape, while the open space at the four corners of the house facilitates efficient ventilation.