Houlgate, France (14)
© SCHNEPP-RENOU (photographies)
Simply set in its generously sloping plot, this house « nestled in the hill » culminates in its natural environment. This architectural intent is reinforced by the contemporary use of traditional regional materials: natural wood and slate- cladding, worthy representatives of Normandy’s history.
The ramp dug into the natural site leads to a carport, covered by a vast cantilevered terrace, and to the access to the semi-buried basement. This gravelled ramp extends to the garden level, directly to the main living areas.
The house has a contemporary architectural style with its basement, ground- and first floor. The wooden timber structure and framework of the house are built on a semi-buried masonry base. The choice of facade materials underlines the distribution of the built mass into several interlocking volumes, linked by a vast living space under a glass-roof. As the house is south-facing, its volumes also act as a solar cap, naturally protecting the interior and exterior spaces. Each interior space opens generously onto the Calvados seaside valley, framing the surrounding green landscape.