lode architecture: d house, brittany, france
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feb 18, 2013
lode architecture: d house, brittany, france


‘d house’ by lode architecture, brittany, france

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all images courtesy of lode architects

 

 

on the banks of the brackish water of a french estuary lies a house that breathes in the warmth of the surrounding woods. startling and elegant
dualities characterize estuarine environments, places at the mouth of a river where fresh water meets the saline swirls of ocean water. these unique
sites are among the most productive areas on earth. parisian architects jérôme vinçon and arnaud lacoste of lode architecture have sought to create
an architecture that reflects these complex conditions. the fecundity of the landscape is expressed in the architectonics of ‘d house’ which include a
contrasting skin comprised of untreated live-edge wood and glazing that wraps around the first level. a sizable retaining wall allows for the creation of
a hollow space that becomes the conceptual crux of the house. this hearth can be opened to the panorama of the undergrowth; its spaces filled with
the rushing sounds of the river and the smell of damp earth. the windowed angles fade into river views and the stone-worked ground trails off into the
water’s banks. the second level further creates a blended landscape with wells of light and slivers of landscape peeking through a small succession of
living spaces. these wooden trellises make an abstracted composition of forest when the leaves reflect off the abundant glazing. the house flits between
dialectical sets, drawing strength through it’s embrace of the confrontational natural elements that characterize the site.

 

 

the glazed first floor becomes the center for living

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the wood-clad second floor peeks above a massive retaining wall

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the holiday home can be a quiet retreat or a vibrant, festive space replete with outdoor views

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stone floors continue to the exterior and fade towards the river

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diffused light pervades the space

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architectural light wells mingle with greenery and open sky

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a view of the hearth

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interior views display the kitchen island

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(left): a view of the stair punctuates the central space
(right): inside and outside become seamlessly woven

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material sophistication characterizes the hushed upstairs rooms

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the adjoined rooms are complemented by closed-in outdoor spaces

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untreated wood encloses the second-level balcony

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the house is an abstracted composition of forest and river

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a live-edge wood facade imitates the landscape

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rusticity meets minimalist sophistication

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at night a warm, yellow glow fills the house and contrasts with the twilight blue of the river

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site plan

 

 

floor plan level o

 

 

floor plan level 1

 

 

site section

 

 

short section

 

 

long section

 

 

structural diagram

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