lode architecture: g house, normandy, france lode architecture: g house, normandy, france
mar 02, 2013

lode architecture: g house, normandy, france

‘g house’ by lode architecture, normandy, france

image © daniel moulinet

all images courtesy of lode architects



parisian firm lode architecture have elevated the ecology of an estuary with architecture. at the mouth of seine in northern normandy sits the slate-shingled graphic silhouette of ‘g house’ a holiday dwelling of simple volumes and sharp edges. despite the green context, the home appropriates the color palette of the nearby port of honfleur. dark, reflective skin responds to the norman sky, while the interior cladding of strikingly grained wood and flush joinery bolsters the architecture as a framing device. the spaces are a series of interacting volumes delineated by a rhythm of wooden partition walls, all constructed with a tilt-up method. the thick, solid panels additionally provide unprecedented amounts of thermal insulation in keeping with low-impact environmental measures employed throughout the residence. apertures, in the form of passageways, cut outs and square glazing organize the straightforward program. the seasonal home is a streamlined iteration of a vernacular norman cottage, albeit one that consolidates a tradition of rich materiality into a composition of sophisticated planes.



the house sits on a piled slab, complete with a deck extension 

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vernacular architecture heavily informed the design

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the slate exterior creates a quietly imposing volume

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dark cladding still reflects the changing light of the sky 

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building orientation and light , wooden interiors visually open the space

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passageway and aperture organize the circulation

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untreated wood delineates interior planes

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kitchen view

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walls become framing devices

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circulation acts as structure

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wood burrs and knots pattern the walls

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one of the bedrooms

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square glazing pulls in light

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the holiday home is characterized by an economy of space

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strategic windows afford views of the norman landscape

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light completes the geometry of the home in this dusk view

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site plan



floor plan level o



floor plan level 1



elevation south



long section 1



long section 2



elevation east



short section 1



short section 2



short section 3



short section 4



elevation west



short section 5



short section 6



short section 7



elevation north



structural diagram

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