Modern Holiday House Inspired by Forest Cabins

Modern Holiday House Inspired by Forest Cabins

Architects: Atelier du Pont
Project: Modern Holiday House
Architects project managers: Alice Berthelon, Maciej Janakowski
Interior designer: Aline Defert
Landscape designer: Arnaud Gallou – Ferret Vert
Location: Le Cap Ferret, Lège-Cap-Ferret, France
Area: 330 sqm
Photography: Philippe Garcia (photos interior), Takuji Shimmura (photos exterior

The terrain that slopes gently towards the sea is typical of Cap Ferret: a small forest of strawberry tree, yucca and pines. The challenge was to design a modern holiday house that would exist in harmony with its surrounding landscape and have a limited impact on the existing vegetation.

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The house echoes forest cabins and the multiple openings serve to accentuate its relationship to nature. Its implantation allowed to preserve a maximum of existing trees, and the façade uses mostly wood to mimic the pine grove around it.

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The construction blends into the topography of the terrain. The spaces were designed for a large sibling so that everyone, while getting together, can still benefit of intimacy and calm. The «cabins» are connected to one another through a series of terraces. A large internal curved lines stairway exists in counterpoint to the triangular openings and the other diagonal lines that frame the views of the surrounding nature.

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