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SPE House in Spéracèdes

French Riviera Renovation and Extension Development, southern France – design by ELLENA MEHL Architects

15 May 2017

SPE House

Design: ELLENA MEHL Architects

Location: Spéracèdes, Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France

SPE House

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The house is located on the French Riviera, at the very end of a small road, in a old hamlet built around a local spring that has been known since before the XIX th century.

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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.

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Although built less than 40 years ago, the main house is typical of provençal houses : rectangular, compact, and symmetrical with a stone framed entrance at the centre, and with small windows and terracotta tiles.
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This is a landscape project.
The extension is set within the existing terraced planes, between the main house and the stone walls, redefining new intersection lines in the landscape.
The main level is connected at half level to the house using reshaped existing stairs.
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With wild grass covering the terraced roof, the addition merges in completely with the existing “restanques”.
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The house extension consists of 3 intersecting planes: glass, stone and grass.
Glass revealing the surrounding landscape, Grass on the roof-garden, Stones resembling the existing terraced walls.
To achieve this minimal design, the architects have used plain 10 mm sheet steel to join the 3 planes vertically and horizontally.
Inside the main room, the concrete roof is curved to follow the level lines and the slope.
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The extension consists of: 
– A complete basement, connected to the main house kitchen with 2 cellars, boiler and solar heating room.
– A master bedroom facing out on the landscape, a dressing room and bathroom looking out over the terraces.
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Main façade consist of a double glazed wall with single 10 mm toughened glass on the outside and standard glazing walls on the inside with a roller blind in between.
Openings are on both glazed walls.
The thermal summer comfort, though exposed to the south is optimal throughout the year, thanks to the double glazed wall and the half buried in the ground setting of the house.

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SPE House in Spéracèdes – Building Information

Areapo: 120 sqm on 2 levels
Awarded project: ArchiDesign Award 2017, Best “House extension” 

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About ELLENA MEHL Architects
Hervé ELLENA and Stéphanie MEHL are working together for more than ten years.
Their work ranges a wide diversity of projects, programs and scales.
With an acute sense of drawing and details they juggle with good ideas and obvious reality !

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Photos © Hervé ELLENA

SPE House in Spéracèdes images / information received 150517

Location: Spéracèdes, French Riviera – Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France

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