Transformation of a villa in south of France.
This transformation project is illustrated by a conservative approach to mid-century built heritage. The original house nestled in a quiet hamlet near a natural park was built in 1965 by a young architect of the time, Jean Reitz.
The client had given him carte blanche for a holiday villa, inspired by the Californian Case Study House and the villas built after the war in Palm Springs.
B29 office worked on refreshing and enhancing existing materials. Rather than modernizing, the approach was to repair, find the colorimetric shades, revise the old drawings, and find the furniture dated from the period. The building had this quality of not having been altered by these two previous owners.
The design focused on very specific integration details: for example, aluminum air vents were redesigned, custom laser cut to match existing air conditioning systems. A transformation work in the lower part of the building allowed the development of an additional parental suite. But each architectural gesture has been matured for a long time, with a view to perfect integration.
The site is perfectly preserved and the overabundant and luxuriant vegetation includes the building in its territory.
Entering this villa today provides a feeling of time travel. It is a work of art villa. A forgotten manifesto of 20th century architecture. It now seems eternal like a cinematographic scene.
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