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

lode architecture: d house, brittany, france

‘d house’ by lode architecture, brittany, france

image © daniel moulinet

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

  • super nice!
    really minimal floorplan too…

    michael says:
  • i absolutely love it …

    fabian says:
  • Super open yes. Like the way plan nestles into hillside. The reverse mirror upper floor layout. The unique way the kitchen works. The balanced combining of modern & primitive elements.

    mArkW says:
  • Love the rough board siding.

    Dan says:
  • I love the cladding, the timber is awesome, really nice composition of forms.

    morgan says:
  • This sort of Architecture is one of my favorites. Wooden walls with steel members in columns.

    Frank says:
  • Simple… simple… GREAT.

    AAP says:
  • did you guys notice the detail of the stair? very very beautiful…

    AJ says:
  • Nice lighting design

    Marin says:
  • Absolutely elegant with finess written all ove this house. Credits to the architect, owner/s and builder.

    Albert says:

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