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The Island House / Clément Lesnoff-Rocard + Gil Pescal

The Island House / Clément Lesnoff-Rocard + Gil Pescal
© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Photographs Photographs:  Simone Bossi
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Kreon, Armony Cucine, Gigacer, Schneider
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© Simone Bossi
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Text description provided by the architects. This project, initiated 3 years ago, could be considered as an antagonist allegory to the famous movie Cast away, lost on an island. Located on the outskirts of Paris, at the very foot of La Défense, an otherworldly accumulation of oversized high risers, the house stood almost lost on the edge of a tiny little street that ends abruptly abutting the massive fundaments of a cluster of towers. This brutal situation, in between high density modernist utopia and the modestly grandiloquent 19th century architecture, emphasizes the feeling of being a tiny little Défense-less being.

© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

The house seemed like an oyster without a shell, lost in the ocean. Luckily it was articulated around a little exotically planted patio garden and we decided at the first visit with my partner Gil Percal that this house had to be protected from this outer predatory world, turning its back to the street and only looking at itself, its garden and its own qualities, yet to be found. What a moment of divine beauty, when you make way for this other truth where your usual trivial facilities become natural elements. When your grey green tiled floor becomes shallow water. When your long concrete sofa becomes a sand beach where the water tickles your feet. When a massive oak tree table becomes the big tree around which you gather as a family. When a matte black kitchen becomes the charcoal you found in the burnt forest. When a towering library becomes the cliff you climb everyday, and the books in it become the stepping stones that help you get higher.

© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi
First floor plan
First floor plan
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© Simone Bossi

When an oversized curtain becomes a waterfall, or even just the wind. When a white concrete curved bridge becomes a stratus, a low cloud, passing quietly above your head. When a gigantic bay window becomes nothing but the sky, with its sunsets and sunrises. When a wooden staircase emerging from the shallow water becomes the beginning of a path to go somewhere else, up the mountain, above the clouds. Then you see it. It is your island, it is the island of everything. You can now close your book, put it back on the shelf and go for a walk in your garden, the real one.

© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

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Cite: "The Island House / Clément Lesnoff-Rocard + Gil Pescal" 21 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/957066/the-island-house-clement-lesnoff-rocard-plus-gil-pescal> ISSN 0719-8884
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