FABRE/deMARIEN architectes: big black box
 
FABRE/deMARIEN architectes: big black box FABRE/deMARIEN architectes: big black box
may 05, 2011

FABRE/deMARIEN architectes: big black box

‘big black box’ by FABRE/deMARIEN architectes in bordeaux, franceall images courtesy FABRE/deMARIEN architectesphotographer: st├ęphane chalmeau

french practice FABRE/deMARIEN architectes (julie fabre, matthieu de marien) has sent us images of ‘big black box’, a two storey dwelling converted from a former garage in bordeaux, france. in order to create a generous living space within the limits of the plot, the design steps back from the retained facade to create a private driveway for two cars and a courtyard to the back.

view of terrace

keeping a humble face, the original facade of the former garage is retained to create an outdoor ‘buffer zone’ between the street and the residence. the house itself is constructed in steel structure that is largely finished in black, setting contrast to the high stone walls of the neighbouring buildings. overlooking the courtyard is a long strip of terrace space which allows the interior to seamlessly extend out into the outdoors.

courtyard

arranged under a low-sloping roof, the upper level living room is largely left as one continuous space. free-standing units which hold within their volumes a washroom and kitchen functions define and divide the room while offering storage options. the ceiling is clad in galvanised steel panels, lending the house a decidedly industrial feel.

interior view

living space

staircase down to ground floor

(left) entrance (right) parking space

street facade

courtyard

night view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

roof plan

section

street elevation

front elevation

courtyard elevation

  • dream home

    ulysses says:
  • good looking but…Don’t stay in the living room in winter time and when it’s raining… heavy noise and no heat barrier with the aluminium roof

    sur une chaise on exige d'etre bien assis... says:
  • Beautiful home. I particularly like the self cleaning floor sections. Just sweep dust and dirt into the holes and it disappears.

    GarageCat says:
  • Insulation much!

    mawdster says:

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