Big Black House / FABRE/deMARIEN architectes

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Architect: FABRE/deMARIEN architectes
Location: Bordeaux,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 210 sqm
Budget: 300,000 Euros TTC
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

The project consists of converting a garage into a family residence.

Only the street-side façade of the former garage is retained.

© Stéphane Chalmeau

In order to adjust as accurately as possible to the plot limits and to provide maximum space free of structural elements, we have chosen a steel structure for construction.

The house is set back both from the retained façade and from the wall at the other end of the plot, thus leaving enough space to park two cars in front, on the street side and create a courtyard at the back.

The entrance, bathrooms and bedrooms are on the ground floor, open onto the courtyard and are hidden by the high stone walls of the neighboring buildings.

ground floor plan

The living room is on the first floor: 100 m² under a low-sloping roof, clad on the underside with galvanized steel panels.

Unobstructed and protected by horticultural shade netting installed facing south on the terrace overlooking the courtyard, the view is framed at the front by a horizontal window running from one end to the other.

© Stéphane Chalmeau

The house complies with a sound design that meets requirements for four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room and ample storage space.

The same materials are used both outside and inside: Black enameled corrugated iron and aluminum sheet, black concrete, plain sheet, perforated sheet and galvanized-steel metal products.

The framework and cladding panels are left visible. Structure-assembly procedures remain clearly visible.

© Stéphane Chalmeau

The house is invisible from the street because it is hidden by the façade of the former garage.

On entry, its gloomy shell, crushed between the surrounding buildings, seems to give very little away.

The ground floor is a labyrinth of rooms and passages, a cosy, intimate place opening onto the hidden courtyard. The first floor, accessed by a wide staircase illuminated by a skylight, gives the impression of a much bigger house without resorting to gimmicks.

Cite: "Big Black House / FABRE/deMARIEN architectes" 19 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=50351>
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  • R1S0

    i want it!

    its fantastic….

    • drewcore

      ditto!

  • http://www.mnzx.org/ meinv

    i want it! its fantastic

  • habito kun

    what a man can achieve with low budget…

  • voisindeville

    1500 euros/sqm, it’s not low budget in France. Most people that want lowcost architecture in FRance have 1000 or 1200 euros TTC.

    If you like that kind of “cheap” architecture, search for Anne Lacaton et Jean-Philippe Vassal architectes, or Raphaëlle Hondelatte, Mathieu Laporte, … . They’re coming from Bordeaux and have been influenced during their studies by Jacques Hondellate, the father of Raphaëlle Hondelatte.

    It seems to be fragil architecture but very pleasant to live in.

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  • ROS

    interesting place to live in!

  • asf

    try to walk around the terrace and some other places like the stairs in high heels… can’t really do it , has really big holes

  • Joao

    Love it. Great concept.

  • Frix

    …Must be a fool. I really don’t catch what in this project is fantastic.

    Hey people! Wake up! First of all, as voisindeville said, 1500e sqm isn’t a price for “low cost” architecture, specialy for a renovation; it is the price of a standard space.
    In fact, looking at it deeper, there isn’t any special consideration or concept about economy : neither in plan, neither in use of existant… Very common spaces, over-partioned floor on the ground and waste of surface at first floor…
    It’s just “cheap looking like” space, a warehouse, build with a standard price. Low cost as an aesthetic fashion… It’s like buying IKEA’s furniture for the price of Cassini’s. Wow… revolution is coming!
    These architects have been influenced by Lacaton Vassal, that’s true. But they just didn’t unterstand their work: the look of low cost without the performance of building something “livable” for a real cheap price.

    After all… If the customers don’t feel offensed about it…

  • Frix

    The car looks nice, the warehouse very common… and expensive for a warehouse.