Single Family House / FABRE/deMarien

© Stephane Chalmeau

Architects: FABRE/deMarien
Location: Bordeaux,
Client: Private
Project area: 125 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau

© Stephane Chalmeau

The site is situated in a residential suburb of Bordeaux composed typically of individual family homes each with their own surrounding gardens.

The site whose surface area is 186 m2, was obtained by the division of the former, larger existing property.


The urban planning laws allow for only 40% of this surface are to be constructed upon.

Thus the house is compact, 8m by 9.4m by 6.2 m tall. To the rear of the plot lies a small wooded clearing. The house itself is bounded by its two gardens.

It is a four-person family home.

© Stephane Chalmeau

At ground level sites the shared living areas and is largely open to the exterior by the means of 4 large square window bays, each measuring 2.5m by 2.5m, minimally detailed, without obvious lintels. When open, the partitioning window frames disappear into the thickness of the walls, eliminating the barrier between the interior and exterior. The living space is now projected into the garden and vice versa.

© Stephane Chalmeau

This space is divided into 3 parts by a painted textured blockwork wall and by a utility and sanitary space.

At first floor level, the special organisation is more dense, 4 bedrooms and a bathroom all fed by a small corridor. The openings of these 5 rooms are grouped into 3 bays of 2.5m by 2.5m.

© Stephane Chalmeau

The two façades facing the gardens are thus pierced by 7 identical squares.

The house is built from blockwork, the metalwork is of aluminium naturally anodised, the exterior is covered in a light grey render and the interior including the partition walls are insolated with mineral wool and lined with plasterboard.

The construction price per m2 was 1280 euros tax incl.

Cite: "Single Family House / FABRE/deMarien" 15 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Andrew

    Agreed. No plans. Vastly cropped interior views. Can’t see a thing.

  • up_today_arch

    Classic architecture… Cubic, easy, simmetric and compact…

  • Thomas

    So what if it’s boring. It is still architecture.

    Great work AD.

  • clandestin

    Very nice, very simple, very cheap.
    I like.

  • bert

    I like it too. well done.

  • eili

    simple, clean, light, loveable.

    and ha! … tavolo con ruote, the flos toio lamp – finally some interior without the safeplaying standard scandinavian 60s style.
    inhabitants with personality !


    Agree with you all guys