Maison L / christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles

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Architects: Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles
Location: ,
Project Team: Christian Pottgiesser, Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser
Completion: 2011
Area: 870 sqm house; 4,850 sqm garden
Photographs: George Dupin


© George Dupin

Maison L « A house as a small town »
Less than half an hour’s drive west from Paris city center, designed as an extension of a private residence to an 18th-century structure, sought to provide every family member with a private realm. The roughly 5000 m2 plot of old trees called for a project that would leave the spacious ground predominantly untouched.

© George Dupin

The design foresaw an amorphous plinth storey with curved stone walls heaped up with earth and used as a general living area. Local building regulations only allow one single building with a gabled or hipped roof. However, in exceptional cases, flat roofs, as long as they do not exceed 25m2 each (e.g. : garages), can be provided.

© George Dupin

Thus, projecting above the accessible planted roof five tower-like volumes have been argued and actually implemented. Positioned to frame a specific perspective of the site, each « tower » houses a dressing room and storage space (ground floor), bathroom (1st floor) and a bedroom (2nd floor).

drawing 01

House and landscape are intimately interwoven, boundaries between indoors and outdoors are blurred: The south-eastern facade emerges out of a complex topography between the house and its landscape. Carved towards every entrance in the glazing the river-bed-shaped, undulating terrain distorts, blending the construction into nature.

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  • architist

    Beautiful set up and it blend very well in it’s environment. Love the geometry..

  • Fudge

    Delightful. Love the project’s playfulness, and the way the towers are placed in a kind of loose fit relation within the inhabited seam worked so masterfully into the natural topography of the site.

    Also enjoying the stair detail which makes it seem as though it were, like the tower, placed as a separate object within its hewn underground courtyard space.

    Great Work

  • Sudar Khadka

    Good job! There are a lot of little quirky details that make the design unique. Although, the doors and windows seem unecessarily complicated. This would be the perfect house for a midcentury modernist hobbit

  • Andr�s M�sz�ros

    Love it, not sure about the physics though, and I’m wondering why the old part isn’t shown in any of the pictures properly.

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