St. Barts Residence / Barnes Coy Architects

© Robert Moore Brown

Architect: Barnes Coy Architects / Robert Barnes and Chris Coy
Location: St. Barthelemy, France
Project Architect: Charles Sferrazza
Interiors: Lynne Grossman
Builder: Xavier David EURL
Floor Area: Interior 3,000 sq. ft.; Terraces 3,500 sq. ft.
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Robert Moore Brown

floor plan

The house is sited on a high, thin peninsula, affording 270 degree views from South through West to North. The long axis of the house is perpendicular to the axis of the peninsula, aligning it with sunrise and sunset. The main space is open from North to South, with bedrooms behind a wall that angles away toward the South-East, making the space wider at the West end of the house. The effect is akin to a lens opening up to the view across a bay and other islands beyond. Each bedroom opens to a private walled terrace with an outdoor shower beneath a pergola.

© Robert Moore Brown
© Robert Moore Brown

The West and South facades are floor-to-ceiling glass panels. The glass panels part at the corner and slide into the exterior walls, opening the house completely and allowing the Pennsylvania Limestone wall to extend beyond without interruption. This allows for a seamless connection between the main living space and the exterior spaces, engaging the entire site as an extension of the house.

© Robert Moore Brown

The walls are Pennsylvania limestone, floors are sucupira wood, countertops are polished , terraces are bluestone.

Cite: "St. Barts Residence / Barnes Coy Architects" 20 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Miss 85430

    iner space combines with beautiful landscape outside well.

  • Trevdor

    Nicely detailed. Nice restrain as well, these types of villas tend to become an architectural mishmash when too much money spoils the broth.

  • up_today_arch

    The spirit of FLWright is in this project… Nice…

  • amonle

    Isn’t this in Saint Barthélemy (also known as ‘St Barts’) in the Caribbean. Politically it is part of France but I think the Google map should be pointing to warmer climes.