House in Chaum / Prax Architectes

© Arnaud Saint-Germès

Architects: Prax Architectes
Location: Saint-Gaudens,
Principals in Charge: Marie-Pierre & Olivier Prax
Project Area: 170 sqm
Photographs: Arnaud Saint-Germès

Nature of the project

The project relates to the construction of a house (particular Housing), of an office and garage (material storage for a company of maintenance of green areas).

floor plans

The architectural party is the following:

With a resolutely contemporary architecture, establishment and the organization of this building referent with the vernacular architecture of this area; namely:

© Arnaud Saint-Germès
© Arnaud Saint-Germès
  • Plan in L
  • Dwelling directed in the South
  • Office and garage directed in the East
  • Protection compared to the bad Western and Northern orientations; not or very few openings on these frontages
  • Use of the existing vegetation in the West and North to accentuate protection compared to the bad orientations
  • Framings on the surrounding sigh
Cite: "House in Chaum / Prax Architectes" 02 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Jubair Siddeeque

    I doubt whether this is the best approach for a site with this much view towards most of the sides. This looks like a building in a different setting planted here. Rather than following some vernacular guidelines, One should explore the potential of the site and exploit its qualities to the maximum for a good architecture.
    Sometime before, i think i have seen another project featured here in ‘archdaily’ in an almost similar surrounding. I remember the project name to be ‘Lot 23′ in Columbia.
    Try Comparing, I think you’ll understand the difference i mean

    • What

      Are you serious? You dont notice the framed views?

      Beautiful house!

      • Jubair Siddeeque

        Yes Framed Views! Only because A window happened to be there and luckily there is a View! What i try to say is the approach is wrong. Analyse the site Chalk out the potential. Orient views, Make an order, Best view, the next and so on. Orient the openings to exploit these.
        And yes in one of your framed Views, i see the neighbor’s residence! or whatever shed that is

  • Nicholas Patten

    I'd Live Here: House in Chaum.

  • FG

    Some of the exterior shots look to me like it’s trying to hard to be Neutra’s Kaufman house.

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  • Jeux de gestion

    Look strange outside – cardboard.