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11 Sep 2022
Vineyard Extension, Aix-en-Provence
Design: Mahos architectes
An Extension on a Aix-en-Provence Vineyard
photographs : Studio Module & David Maurel
An Extension on a Aix-en-Provence Vineyard
The Vineyard Extension is the addition to this family home was designed for the owners, who wanted more living space and panoramic views of sunsets over the vineyard. The existing structure, a contemporary local-style villa, is an H-shaped house. Since its construction in 1998, the owners’ space requirements have changed. The goal of the project was to add more rooms, and to showcase the surrounding landscape.

6 July 2022
A House with a View, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, department of Charente-Maritime, region Poitou-Charentes, western France
Architecture: Martins | Afonso atelier de design
A House with a View Sainte-Marie-de-Ré - French houses
photograph : Mickaël Martins Afonso
A House with a View, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré
In the A House with a View, the living space unveils through views that change with the winds and tides, like a living and breathing postcard. The project emerges through these captured moments, where each new architectural fragment prints and dances in its context.

17 Mar 2022
Aperture, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Design: Chevallier Architectes
Aperture Chalet Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - French houses
photo : Solène Renault pour Chevallier Architectes
Aperture Chalet, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
“I was going to walk in the footsteps of my grandfather” – that was the motivation of the architect when he agreed to renovate this residence built by his grandfather, also an architect. And with a particularly emotional commitment, the grandson began a contemporary reinterpretation of the main residence, two generations apart.

12 Jan 2022
Caraccard Chalet, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Design: Chevallier Architectes
Caraccard Chalet Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
photos by Laurent Cousin & Solène Renault
Caraccard Chalet, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Caraccard is first and foremost a story of family continuity and family connections. The client himself is the son of a client of the architect’s father, and he chose the agency to make his alpine dream come true based on the strength of that relationship of trust that was forged during their previous collaboration.

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French Houses 2021

4 Jan 2021
The Wood House, Paris, northern France
Architects: NAME architecture
The Wood House Paris The Wood House Paris
photo © Marcela Spadaro
The Wood House
Working within the shell of an existing flat, this project required a complete reconfiguration of the floorplan. With the original flat comprised of a 40m² bedroom and small kitchen, bathroom and living spaces, the design response by the architects studio was to create more proportionate rooms.

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French Houses 2020

29 Oct 2020
100% wooden house, Château de la Bourdaisière, Montlouis-sur-Loire
Design: LOCAL and Suphasidh Studio
100% wooden house Montlouis-sur-Loire
photo : Atelier Vincent Hecht
100% wooden house Montlouis-sur-Loire
LOCAL and Suphasidh Studio build a prototype of a 100% wooden house in the park of the Bourdaisière Castle.

2 Aug 2020
House H2, South Corsica
Architect: Vincent Coste
House H2 - French houses
photo © Florent Joliot
House H2 on Corsica
A peninsula surrounded by a beach and a port that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The residential project was conceived by the architects Vincent Coste and Bruno Fléchet in a logic of erasure in relation to the place.

23 June 2020
Luxury Villa in Nice, southern France
Sir Sean Connery's Villa in Nice, South of France
photo courtesy of architects office
Sean Connery South-of-France Villa
Instantly recognized by most people through the James Bond film franchise of the 1960s to ‘80s including Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Dr. No and From Russia With Love, Connery eventually went beyond the Bond roles winning an Academy Award for The Untouchables, three Golden Globes and Kennedy Center Honors in an acting career of over 50 years.

31 May 2020
MON House, Montpellier, south of France
Design: (ma!ca) architecture
MON House Brick Extension Montpellier - French houses
photo : Ivan Mathie
MON House and Brick Extension Montpellier
This new French property with its large north-facing garden, had very little natural light and the living space on the ground floor was segmented into too many sections with low ceilings. Load-bearing walls and partitions have been removed in order to create a homogeneous and airy place.

26 May 2020
Around the Net House, Courdimanche, Val-d’Oise department, Île-de-France, northern France
Design: Martins | Afonso atelier de design
Around The Net House Courdimanche France
photo : Mickaël Martins Afonso
Around the Net House in Courdimanche
In this fascinating residential property, space is used but has yet to be lived in. The design captures sensations and sequences.

14 May 2020
BON Farmhouse, Saint-Clément-de-Rivière, Hérault department, Occitanie region, South of France
Design: (ma!ca) architecture
Bon Farmhouse Saint-Clement-de-Riviere France
photo : Mickaël Martins Afonso
BON Farmhouse in Saint-Clément-de-Rivière
This large French farmhouse proeprty is sited on a vast plot on the outskirts of a village. The residence had recently undergone a clumsy renovation, which deformed the classic farmhouse archetype and the owners did not feel at home.

28 Apr 2020
Contemporary House in Castries, Hérault department, South France
Design: (ma!ca) architecture
TRA House Castries South France
photo © Julien Kerdraon
TRA House in Castries, South France
In the historic centre of a well-preserved village, opposite the church, a wine barn and its adjoining house were to be restructured in order to create an intimate and special living environment.

1 Apr 2020
Mayflower Apartment Building in Nantes

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New Homes in France 2018 – 2019

30 Sep 2019
Le Pine Villa, Saint-Tropez, French Riviera, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, southeastern France
Architects: SAOTA
Le Pine Villa St Tropez French Houses
photo : Adam Letch
Modern Villa in St Tropez
This modern French villa is a family summer house in Saint Tropez, a contemporary interpretation of traditional Mediterranean Riviera architecture.

10 Sep 2018
Dortoir Familial Ramatuelle House, Ramatuelle, Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France
Design: NADAAA, Architects
Dortoir Familial Ramatuelle house, Var property
image courtesy of architects office
New Var Property
For centuries, the enclosed courtyard has been overlaid on various geographic settings—each time transformed according to the climate, rituals, and construction practices of the place. A vehicle to capture the outdoors within the building, the courtyard is defined by its interiority.

26 Mar 2018
Glass House on the Cap d’Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France
Architects: David Price Design
Glass House on the Cap d’Antibes - French Houses
photograph : Hervé Hôte
House on the Cap d’Antibes, French Riviera
British designer David Price, who works out of offices in Provence and on the Côte d’Azur, together with his Anglo-French-American team, has completed a show-stopping ‘Glass House’ for a British client on the Cap d’Antibes.

9 Jan 2018
St Tropez Villa, Saint-Tropez, Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France
Architects: SAOTA
St Tropez Villa - French Houses
photograph : Adam Letch
St Tropez Villa
Situated just above the beach of Plage de Pampelonne and a stone’s throw from Le Club 55 – the embodiment of the St Tropez lifestyle – the location called for seamless indoor-outdoor living.

New Property in France 2015 – 2017

17 Dec 2017
GOM House, Gignac, Hérault département, Occitanie region, southern France
Design: (ma!ca) architecture
GOM House in Montpellier, France
photograph : Julien Kerdraon
GOM House in Montpellier
The villa was built in the 90’s. Its floor plan presents very particular proportions: a 15 metres long entrance hall which leads inside the house and a linear perspective view opening up to the garden.

25 Nov 2017
Off Grid Villa in Camargue, The Camargue, South of France
Architect: Blueroom, The Netherlands
Off Grid Villa Camargue French Houses
image © Blueroom
Off Grid Villa Camargue
The team researched the design potential for building a patio villa on a 1.000 m2 site, in a region in the southeast of France. The Client requested a striking, contemporary design that blends into its natural context.

27 Jun 2017
Chalet Whymper, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, eastern France
Design: Chevallier Architectes
Chalet Whymper
photograph : Solène Renaud
Chalet Whymper in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Chevallier Architectes took on this project when it was close to being abandoned. There were many constraints, but the architecture team studied the file and proposed solutions that would make it possible to successfully complete the construction, including optimization of the space.

7 Jun 2017
The Fishermen’s House, Bonifacio, Corse-du-Sud department, Corsica
Design: Buzzo Spinelli Architecture
New Corsica property - French Houses
photograph : Serge Demailly
The Fishermen’s House in Bonifacio
The original commission aimed for a fishermen facility made of 20 workshops. But after in-depth analysis of the site, its history, and the municipality needs; Buzzo Spinelli Architecture proposed to enhance the program by adding a sales area and an urban space.

15 May 2017
SPE House, Spéracèdes, French Riviera – Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France
Design: ELLENA MEHL Architects
SPE House
photo © Hervé ELLENA
New House in Spéracèdes
Built on the side of a hill, the landscape follows horizontal lines, formed by terraced gardens and stone walls also called “restanques” in the south of France.

9 May 2017
Quiet House, Gignac, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon region (Occitanie region), south of France
Architectes: Artelabo
Quiet House
photo : Marie-Caroline Lucat
Quiet House in Gignac
The land on which it fits, of very small size, is located between a vineyard shed in operation to the West, the parking of a neighbour to the East, surrounded by their access road, a main street to the south. Oriented to the North, it is also subject to a regime of prevailing winds.
But it enjoys an exceptional and breathtaking view on the valley.

10 Feb 2017
House H2 on Corsica

5 Jan 2017
Dag Cottage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

18 Mar 2016
Villa M1 in Hyères les Palmiers

17 Feb 2016
House RT 2012 in Riec-sur-Bélon

11 Feb 2016
XS Extension of a house in Saint-Didier-au-Mont-d’Or, commune in the Metropolis of Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, eastern France
Design: PlayTime / AA – Playtime Agence d’Architecture
House in Saint-Didier-au-Mont-d'Or
photograph © Studio Erick Saillet
House in Saint-Didier-au-Mont-d’Or
On paper the equation is simple: a 45 m2 extension to a house to accommodate a comfortable kitchen and living area. In practice, the challenge was much more complicated. How to extend a large 19th century house without betraying its character or resorting to imitation or superficial stylistic effects, whilst keeping the right distance?

12 Jan 2016
Chalet Soleya in Les Houches, Coupeau, Les Houches, Haute-Savoie department, Rhône-Alpes region, south-eastern France
Design: Chevallier Architectes
Chalet Soleya - French Houses
photo from architect
Chalet Soleya in Les Houches
This project started with a mountain guide’s home. Because the house was originally self-built, it had a unique soul.

6 Jan 2016
Bioclimatic House in the Gulf of Morbihan, Baden, Brittany, Northwest France
Design: Patrice Bideau
Bioclimatic House France
photograph : Armel Istin
Bioclimatic House in the Gulf of Morbihan

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