Surrounded by hedgerows and overlooking Bellême Forest, in the cultivated countryside of Normandy’s Perche region, this cube-like house is set on one-third of a 492-foot-long plot of land—standing in an isolated residential area.
Design concept and solution: A minimalist cube of 861 square feet, the house is clad in black tinted wooden panels that respond to the woodland environment. There is just one opening on each side judiciously oriented for views and light, and highlighted in white. Framed in wood, the walls of the house are lined with high performance thermal insulation.
Inside, the main, double-height living area comprises an open kitchen, dining, bathroom, and living room with a fireplace. A large bay window on the south side brings in sunlight and serves to seemingly expand the space. A more private level has two bedrooms, one treated as a large open loft space, and a bathroom.
A few trees decorate the driveway and create a filter between the house and the lane outside. Simplicity was the goal, combined with a practical space detailed in quality, high-performance materials.
Owner: Mr. Frédéric Pompeani and Mrs Cécile Fournier
Completion Date: November 2009
Gross square footage: 80 m² net floor area
Total construction cost: 120 000 € excl. VAT
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect: Laura Giovannetti
Assistant architects: Mathilde Billet, Arthur Billaut, Thimothée Kazmierczak
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Wood doors: Pinewood
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Paneling: plywood (pine)
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