Atelier Ordinaire’s house in Beaune is made almost entirely from wood

French architecture studio Atelier Ordinaire has completed a prefabricated house in the Bourgogne region featuring an interior lined with knotted timber boards to complement the surrounding nature. The Strasbourg-based studio founded by architect Thomas Walter in 2014 has completed a series of energy-efficient prefabricated houses that are constructed almost entirely from timber. The property in

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AUM builds curving concrete and glass residence on the surface of a lake

Full-height glazed walls are sandwiched between the meandering concrete floor slab and roof of this house built on a French lake, which can only be reached using a retractable bridge. Architect Pierre Minassian and his Lyon-based architecture studio AUM convinced their clients to build White Snake House on the lake rather than in the middle

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Studio Weave installs stilted hikers’ shelter beside a Bordeaux river

Hikers can stay overnight for free at this elevated shelter on the outskirts of Bordeaux, designed by London-based Studio Weave to reference the form and materiality of traditional water towers. Studio Weave was commissioned to design the shelter by arts and architecture collective Bruit du Frigo, which has established a series of shelters around the

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Studio Razavi reinterprets traditional chalet architecture with Mountain House in the Alps

By pairing raw concrete with warm timber, French office Studio Razavi hoped to give a contemporary feel to this Alpine chalet home, while also complying with strict local architecture guidelines. Mountain House is a single-family home situated in the village of Manigod in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, a popular ski destination. The region has very strict controls

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Ellena Mehl Architects disguises Provençal extension with grass roof and terraced landscape

To subtlety extend a traditional Provençal farmhouse on the French Riviera, Ellena Mehl Architects has nestled a connecting building with stone and glass facades into a stepped hillside. The extension adjoins a 40-year-old farmhouse that is located in a historic hamlet in southern France, which has a distinct architectural typology. Despite its contemporary appearance, the

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Sculptural extension to French farmhouse protects interiors from harsh summer sun

Paris studio Dixneufcentquatrevingtsix has created this faceted concrete extension with just a small collection of openings scattered across its facades for a traditional farmhouse in France’s Provence region. Dixneufcentquatrevingtsix was tasked with extending a house in the commune of Uzès that had previously been used by a couple as their second home. The brief to create

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Antonin Ziegler covers abandoned barn in zinc plates to create rustic home in northern France

Zinc plates protect the ageing wooden structure of this barn in the French village Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit, which was been transformed into a house with its own spa by Antonin Ziegler. Parisian architect Ziegler and his studio chose zinc as a replacement for the weatherbeaten cladding of The Barn house, which stands on the edge of the wheat field

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Huge circular skylight punctures terrace canopy in south of France house

A huge, round opening is carved above the outdoor dining area of this house in southern France by Pascual Architect, which also features large glass doors that swing open to the garden. The local studio designed the 180-square-metre family house in the city of Nîmes to make the most of the region’s sun and a garden featuring a swimming pool. On the southern side

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Larch-covered prefab house designed by Karawitz to bring city feel to Paris suburbs

Lofty interiors and a folded black steel staircase feature behind the larch-clad walls of this gabled house, designed by Karawitz and situated outside Paris. The architects created the 145-square-metre Marly House, which is clad entirely in grey larch wood, for a family in Marly-le-Roi, in the western suburbs of Paris. Aiming to bring a “feeling of urbanity” to the small

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Edouard François creates plant-covered housing block to disperse seeds across Paris

Plants grow up the exterior of this green apartment tower in Paris, France, which was designed by local firm Maison Edouard François to spread seeds across the city. Maison Edouard François designed the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity to show that high-rise structures can be used to create environmentally friendly cities with plenty of plant and animal life. Benefitting from an exemption to the

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Boxy balconies and spiral staircase feature at Parisian apartment block by Karawitz

Parisian studio Karawitz has completed a housing block overlooking the Ourcq canal, which features balconies framed by light-grey boxes and an external corkscrew staircase. Karawitz designed the 23 Housing Unit, complete with a restaurant and brewery, for a triangular site at the intersection between the Marne quay and the bridge that crosses the Ourcq canal. It has two levels of access: one from

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White latticework covers Parisian apartment block by Odile Guzy Architectes

Angular balconies extending from the front of this apartment block in Paris are framed by white concrete screens featuring a perforated pattern that resembles brickwork. Local firm Odile Guzy Architectes designed the complex of 28 dwellings for a plot in the French capital’s 13th arrondissement. The long and narrow site is located in a densely

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05 AM Arquitectura updates 19th-century house in France with marble accents

Marble details offset the traditional features of this 19th-century house near Paris, which has been renovated by Spanish studio 05 AM Arquitectura. The Girona-based architects were asked to refurbish Maison à Colombages for a couple and their two young children. The aim was to add a contemporary aesthetic to the traditional layout and original features of the house located in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. All of

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Steel and glass extension added to traditional stone house in Paris by Atelier Lame

Atelier Lame has added a steel-framed extension to an old stone house in a Parisian suburb, as part of a renovation that creates ample storage for an avid CD and record collector (+ slideshow). Paris-based Atelier Lame was asked to transform the property in Hauts-de-Seine into a spacious family home. The aim was to preserve as many of the house’s original architectural features as More

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Le Corbusier’s Maison La Roche-Jeanneret was designed for his brother and a close friend

World Heritage Corb: next in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is Maison La Roche-Jeanneret in Paris – designed to provide a home for the architect’s brother and a separate residence and gallery for a friend with a collection of cubist art (+ slideshow). Completed in 1925, the More

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Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye encapsulates the Modernist style

World Heritage Corb: one of the most important buildings by architect Le Corbusier from the 17 that have been to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is Villa Savoye, the top-heavy weekend retreat created as a Modernist version of the French country house (+ slideshow). Completed in 1931, Villa Savoye is one of the most important houses of the 20th century. A key building in the development More

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Today we like: French houses

Today is Bastille Day, a French national holiday that celebrates the country’s reinvention as a republic. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille in Paris on 14 July 1789 – a symbolic moment for the French Revolution. We’re joining the celebrations with a look back at some of the best French houses from our archive, More

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Converted shipping containers combine to form angular Flying Box house

Architect Josué Gillet used shipping containers to construct this prefabricated house in France, which features an asymmetric facade and a rooftop terrace (+ slideshow). The Flying Box house was devised by Gillet’s studio 2A Design for a small plot in the French village of Orgères, near Rennes. Both its design and construction method were a response to the confines More

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Asymmetric French house designed by GENS as a collage of “banal components”

One half of this house in northeast France has a tiled roof and rendered walls, while the other is clad in corrugated plastic and has a chamfered corner (+ slideshow). French studio GENS: Association Libérale d’Architecture created the residence as a first home for a family with design ambitions that exceeded their budget. The site is located on a partially More

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Moussafir Architectes builds Cubist-influenced house in Paris

Geometric furniture complements the Cubist stylings of this Paris house by Moussafir Architectes, which also features a weathering steel facade and a large pivoting door (+ slideshow). Jacques Moussafir’s studio – whose previous projects include a house featuring patterned-cutout shutters – designed the two-storey property for a family with two children, on the city’s Avenue du Faubourg Saint Antoine. The house More

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GENS “hides” a contemporary house inside a traditional but top-heavy Alsatian building

Larch and corrugated metal both clad the triangular gables of this house by GENS: Association Libérale d’Architecture, which was designed to mimic neighbouring properties in France’s Alsace region (+ slideshow). The 114-square-metre house provides a retirement home for a couple and is set within an orchard in a picturesque but conservative village. The French architects came up against strict regulations that stipulated More

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Cement shingles create scaly facade for French barn conversion by GENS

Fibre-cement shingles cover this gabled barn in northeast France, which GENS: Association Libérale d’Architecture has converted into five apartments (+ slideshow). The badly deteriorating barn, which adjoined the town hall in Velle-sur-Moselle, was bought by the local council after the death of its owner. The French architecture studio was asked to adapt the existing building to create three ensuite bedrooms with shared facilities More

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Atelier MIMA completes timber-clad holiday home overlooking a river in rural France

This timber holiday home by Nantes studio Atelier MIMA is designed to follow the gentle slope of a wooded valley that leads towards the Vilaine river in north-west France (+ slideshow). Studio co-founders Sébastien Magrez and Antoine Michaud designed the residence on a quiet, wooded plot as a get-away for two couples who wanted to escape their city lives at weekends. More

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Odile Decq completes renovation of Antti Lovag 1970s bubble house

French architect Odile Decq has completed a five-year renovation project to restore and revive the Maison Bernard, a “bubble house” in the South of France designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag (+ slideshow). The bright red home in Théoule sur Mer was designed by Lovag for his patron, industrialist Pierre Bernard, who provided the resources More

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Mabire-Reich’s Landscape House features metal walls and a sloping roof terrace

Corrugated aluminium clads this extension to a house in Nantes, France, by local studio Mabire-Reich, which also boasts a decked terrace covering its entire roof (+ slideshow). The extension was designed by Marie-Hélène Reich and Antoine Mabire as an addition to their own home, which had become too small for their growing family. The original 1930s house is More

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Narrow MaHouse by The Very Many features a staircase with a built-in slide

This narrow house in Strasbourg, France, by New York-studio The Very Many features a translucent glass wall and an indoor slide for the younger residents (+ slideshow). Called the MaHouse, the 340-square-metre narrow residence comprises three stacked, slightly rotated irregular volumes. The different sizes and arrangements of the volumes were developed in response to the narrow site and More

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Square windows puncture Alireza Razavi’s monolithic House for a Photographer in Brittany

Windows are dotted across the facades of this photographer’s house in Brittany, France, allowing sunlight to illuminate different parts of the interior through the day (+ slideshow). The house was designed by architect Alireza Razavi’s Paris office as a summer house and studio for the photographer client. It is situated on a small plot close to the seaside resort of Loctudy and More

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Maison Spirale wraps around a central courtyard to offer residents privacy and light

This house near the French town of Caen spirals around an internal courtyard to provide privacy for the owners in an area surrounded by new homes (+ slideshow). Maison Spirale was designed by Paris-based architects Nathanael Dorent and Mark Havasi for a retired couple who wanted a modern home with a patio. It is in a More

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French villa designed by Julien De Smedt to look like a bump in the landscape

Grass ramps over the curving form of this house in the French countryside, which was designed by architect Julien De Smedt as a contemporary alternative to the region’s “pastiche chalets” (+ slideshow). De Smedt’s firm JDS Architects created Casa Jura as a retreat for a Parisian family in Bois D’amont, a village in France’s Jura region. Named after the region’s rolling […]

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Marseille house by ACAU Architects features board-marked concrete and an angular window

A pair of terraces are hidden behind the board-marked concrete facade of this townhouse in Marseille, which was designed by ACAU Architects for a young family. French firm ACAU Architects was asked to create the 140-square-metre residence for a couple with two children on the outskirts of Marseille, France. Built on a budget of €220,000 (£164,000), Cap House is […]

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Yoda Architecture pairs perforated brick with corrugated iron for a rural French home

Half brick, half corrugated iron, this house in the northern French countryside by Yoda Architecture aims to meld together the local urban and agricultural typologies (+ slideshow). Designed by Robin Lamarche and Julien Chabert – co-founders of local studio Yoda Architecture – Maison B provides a 100-square-metre home for a family in Herrin, a commune near Lille. The house […]

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Timber sunshade becomes a viewing deck for retreat near Saint-Tropez by Jak Studio

A timber sunshade folds in on itself to form a balcony for this nautical-inspired house overlooking the Mediterranean sea near Saint-Tropez, designed by London architecture office Jak Studio (+ slideshow). The property is located on a sloping hilltop site in the village of Les Issambres, 22 kilometres from Saint-Tropez. It was designed by Jak Studio to provide a holiday […]

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Werner Sobek’s Y1 House comprises two stacked blocks on top of a former sand mine

This house in France’s Massif Central region features a lower storey inserted into a disused sand mine and a glazed upper storey offering views of the surrounding volcanic landscape (photos by Zooey Braun + slideshow). Designed by Stuttgart firm Werner Sobek – whose past projects include a huge cantilevered altar – the Y1 house is a family residence that aims to merge […]

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Chestnuts House in France features a courtyard room and a private art gallery

French studio Marchi Architectes has completed an asymmetric gabled house featuring a room that functions as a courtyard and a generous corridor that doubles as an art gallery (+ slideshow). Located in Auvergne, a mountainous region in central France, Chestnuts House is a home for a pair of art collectors. Their brief was for a single-storey […]

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FRAR transforms a dilapidated French house and barn into a holiday home

Walls made from a traditional combination of stone and hemp-based plaster contrast with concrete, steel and glass details at this renovated house in the French village of Douvaine (+ slideshow). The property is located close to the shores of Lac Léman on the French-Swiss border. It had fallen into a state of near ruin before being purchased […]

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CUT Architectures adds a second concrete-framed extension to a French home

Paris studio CUT Architectures has returned to the house it extended in 2011 to create a glazed study featuring a yellow staircase that integrates a desk (+ slideshow). CUT Architectures founders Benjamin Clarens and Yann Martin added the 16-square-metre extension to one side a 1920s house in the Parisian suburb of Chaville. Following their previous extension to the property, which provided […]

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Concrete Maison Le Cap house features mirrored glazing to reflect the seaside scenery

Four concrete boxes make up this holiday home by Paris architect Pascal Grasso, which nestles into a verdant hillside on the southern coast of France (+ slideshow). Maison Le Cap is embedded in a typical Mediterranean landscape of rocks, trees and small sandy coves on the Var coast, which Pascal Grasso Architectures used as the basis for the home’s layout and material […]

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Blackened timber reading room extends a coastal home in northern France

This blackened plywood box added by architect Antonin Ziegler to one end of a rural home on France’s northern coast provides a private library and garage for its inhabitants (+ slideshow). Parisian architect Antonin Ziegler added the 60-square-metre reading room to an old stone house in Senneville-sur-Fécamp, a region on the coast of the English […]

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Nantes house extension contrasts blackened wood facades with pale window frames

Pale wooden window frames contrast with the black-stained cedar facades of this extension to a detached house in Nantes by French studio Bertin Bichet Architectes (+ slideshow). The client asked Bertin Bichet Architectes to create a 30-square-metre addition to the French property that would improve the connection between the interior and the garden at the […]

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Atelier 100architecture slots contemporary house into French medieval city centre

This small house in the French city of Tours by local architecture office Atelier 100architecture features a material palette of zinc panels, plaster and wooden boards that references its historical neighbours. The house on Rue Losserand was designed by Mathieu Julien of Atelier 100architecture for a couple who wanted to create a rental property in […]

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