La Colombière / yh2

La Colombière / yh2

La Colombière / yh2 - Facade, Windows, HandrailLa Colombière / yh2 - Facade, WindowsLa Colombière / yh2 - Windows, ForestLa Colombière / yh2 - Stairs, HandrailLa Colombière / yh2 - More Images+ 17

  • Architects: YH2 Architecture: yh2
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  120
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Francis Pelletier
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Alumilex, Enviroshake, Ikea
  • Lead Architect: Loukas Yiacouvakis
La Colombière / yh2 - Windows, Forest
© Francis Pelletier

Text description provided by the architects. Initially built as a small storage space by the previous owner, who was a lumberman, the building has been rearranged into a forest refuge by its new owner. La Colombière (Dovery) thus represents the completion and third phase of this simple one-story construction into a true retreat expanding on three floors.

La Colombière / yh2 - Image 10 of 22
© Francis Pelletier
La Colombière / yh2 - Facade, Windows, Handrail
© Francis Pelletier

In an attempt to preserve the surrounding nature, the footprint of the building remained untouched. This new phase inspired itself from the natural growth of trees. The link of the tree/house to the soil remains the same while growing vertically and developing an aerial volume based on the tree canopies. By following such principles, the extension was done without any trees being cut or heavy machinery, which could have spoiled the natural environment offered by the forest.

La Colombière / yh2 - Forest
© Francis Pelletier

Recalling the bark of the tall surrounding conifer, the exterior volume is covered in dark cedar. La Colombière’s vertiginous interior is a space painted all in white. Materials and structure of the previous phase are kept and uninterrupted so that the addition acts as an extension rather than an insertion. 

La Colombière / yh2 - Windows, Chair
© Francis Pelletier
Floors Plans
La Colombière / yh2 - Windows
© Francis Pelletier

On the ground floor, a simple space with exposed structure offers a direct link between rooms and with the forest’s soil.On the upper floors, each room opens into a vast vertical shaft punctured by an ultralight stairwell, an aerial structure. On the last floor, an exterior covered terrace acts as white perch from where admire the surroundings.  La Colombière is a refuge perched in the forest reminding us of bird huts.

La Colombière / yh2 - Facade, Windows
© Francis Pelletier

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Cite: "La Colombière / yh2" 05 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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