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House in Lille / Saison-Menu Architectes

  • 01:00 - 26 February, 2010
House in Lille / Saison-Menu Architectes
House in Lille / Saison-Menu Architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +28

From the architect. French photographer Stéphane Chalmeau shared with us this 200 sqm house designed by Saison-Menu Architectes in a narrow site in Lille, France. It features a wooden first floor that merge with the exterior fence, and brown boxes-like volumes on the second floor, creating a wide terrace on top.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
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Aman Playboy · March 05, 2012

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Dustin · March 04, 2010

Again, for some reason my comments were erased. It's quite unfortunate, I liked to have discussions on archdaily, but lately everytime I post a comment it gets erased for whatever reason.

majchers · March 04, 2010

I guess I have to apologize to all - the link I posted here is obviously wrong. I simply did not notice that.
So here is the correct link : Townhouse by Elding Oscarson

Frix · March 03, 2010

I'm about to agree majchers. The house is really good, i think everyone is ok on that. The little way created on the side works well too. But the front elevation on main street can't bring any satisfaction, it gives impression that architects have been embarassed with it, it really looks like a backyard, but it's on main street. There's something weird with that.
Maybe extending first level height on separation wall until neighboor'house would have improved contact between house and its context. Something's wrong with the material of this wall too; while the house has great materials and finitions, the wall on main street is super cheap... why?
Any way, there was obviously something better to find on this street corner.

majchers · March 04, 2010 01:47 AM

I am glad someone (you!) finally noticed the problem. Ignorance is the worst thing that can happen to the designer.
As to the house itself - there is no way to fix it. The whole concept is wrong. You need to start it again from scratch.

majchers · March 03, 2010

I do not want to argue here and prolong an unnecessary discussion. Once again and for the last time: the house itself is good if not more. I am not against it nor the author. The problem I see here is that this design totally neglects the neighbourhood (as it can be seen on some photos the property (lot, plot) is located in a typical european city substance of XIX / XX era). It is not that this design turns its back at all that (short of showing the middle finger to it) but it looks like the designers totally overlooked this aspect if not purposely disregarded it.
P.S. My comments are based on what I see here and what I read. I now nothing about city bylaws and other local regulations that are applicable here which could've influenced this design.

Dustin · March 04, 2010 03:29 AM

What a senseless argument, you only justify your reasoning by thinking that since the next door neighbors house begins at the street this house should begin at the street too. I believe this house respects the context completly. The way it is set back from the street lets it relate peacefully to the building next door and the beautiful brickwork. If it would be at street level it would be confroting the other building and it would look ugly because the larger building would over power it.
The void allows for more intimacy and by surrounding it, it is clearly shown where the lot actually begins. even though there is no MASS right next to the street... the house is there through the void.

bluevertical · March 02, 2010

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Sarah C · March 02, 2010

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cortebrezo · March 02, 2010

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bLogHouse · March 02, 2010

It looks like the lot is really narrow and long and this triggers a chain of design decisions leading to solutions, similar to the presented. However, the wooden fence in the front is very unconvincing (it might be a budget matter) and the lack of a full bathroom to serve the first floor bedrooms is strange.

thomas foral · March 01, 2010

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RGoldschmidt · February 28, 2010

Strange house for France people, or aren't they france. The only thing that made me belive that they are france is the framed picture on the wall nearby bed and bath tub. And my opinion is that: This house is not for frence people. (if anybody from france are around here can came and say the truth)
Bizzare maison pour le francais, mais se possible que le propriétaire ne est pas francais. Seule chose par cette project qui me fait penser est le tableaux dans le photo du lit et de bain. Et mon oppinion est ca: Il n'est une maison faire pour francais.(excusez mon français, mais je suis roumaine)

Nicholas · February 28, 2010

Beautiful and sensitive. Both to context and living experience. Great work.

Fran · February 28, 2010

Nice work
Setting the front back from the main street was the right way to deal with this specific context.

From the outside it amphasizes the existing houses and lead the composition from the traditional to the contemporary.I especialy like the fact that the house doesn't touch the existing brick house.
That green space in the corner is a good starting point for the little pedestrian way along the house.
From the inside because it creates a space between the house and the street for more privacy. The sequency from the street to the living is quite interesting.

majchers · March 01, 2010 03:07 AM

No, dear Fran. This house it totally out of space and with no consideration to what is around it.
See this townhouse here:
Almost as controversial a house but at least they managed to stay within the streetscape.

archiDE · February 28, 2010

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ltv · February 28, 2010

I dont know what the advantage would be to take the front to the facade of the context building?

Not to mention the loss of the privacy and the inside / outside relationship the court affords for the lower level bedroom.

majchers · February 28, 2010 06:04 AM

The house itself if goog in not more - and I like it. The way the designers trated its surroundings, especially the front and the EXISTING streetscape is simply not right. The totally neglected the fact that this building is actually in a very specific environment. Such a approach is simply unacceptable.

Bruno Bianchini · February 28, 2010

House in Lille / Saison-Menu Architectes
Belo projeto!

Julia · February 27, 2010

i would love to live there

8.8 · February 27, 2010


billigflug · February 27, 2010

Hi, very very thanks, this website is helpful.

majchers · February 27, 2010

Good project and an interesting approach but setting the front back from the main street is unacceptable. It makes the whole house totaly out of place and context.

martin · March 03, 2010 11:38 PM

majcher, you link below do not work, please repost.

martin · March 03, 2010 11:38 PM

majcher, your link below was for this very page. Please post the right link, would like to see it.

martin · February 28, 2010 02:21 AM

I think this is the very strength of the project. Exposing the brick wall of the older building exposes the very best part of its structure, it is so much more beautiful than the traditional aesthetics of the facade that is just a bleak ornamental adaptation of classical architecture. This approach I think gives a new meaning to the place and adds a new dimension to the context. The dialog between the forms is very interesting.

reger · February 28, 2010 01:46 AM

old school

Os · February 27, 2010 10:57 PM

Go home.

toto · February 27, 2010 04:21 PM

Strange, i thought this was the best part of the project, relating to the context by leaving the brick surface of the adiacent house exposed


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