Lège-Cap-Ferret, France – Hugues Touton & Edouard Touton
Built Area: 405.0 m2
Year Built: 2016
Photographs: Denis Lacharme
Villa Eiders is a modern addition to a tranquil French community. Considered one-of-a-kind, the structure mixes privacy and luxury with a keen attention to detail.
The architects, instead of a monolithic building, split the home into volumes. It surrounds a central courtyard, hiding the children’s bedrooms away from public view.
Timber is the predominant material inside the house, found on ceilings and tables, creating visual equilibrium. Outside, the architects combined the use of timber and concrete for a unique appeal.
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows establish a close connection between the indoors and the outdoors. This gives Villa Eiders abundant natural light making the home bright and spacious.
Notes from the Architect:
With an impressive architectural program, this house aims to split the volumes, sheltering the functions of such house to reduce their impact and to organize them around a protected terrace, opening to the south on the swimming pool and on a pine forest.
The facade, overlooking the street, is made of wood and concrete opaque volumes, which deteriorates laterally.
It welcomes the visitor almost at the middle of the space and leads him through a “fault” between closed blocks until the heart of the house, its terrace.
This facade overlooking the street, rather closed-shaped, is designed to protect children’s rooms from strong sun coming from west as well as a riddle to passersby and reveals a rupture with the consensual habit of the neighborhood to build palaces disguised as huts.
From the rooms on the ground floor, the house set up transparencies views between interior and exterior spaces. All rooms and flows of the floor above frame the plants of the garden and of the heart of the plot.
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La Mira Ra is another interesting home from the same country.