Located on a tiny plot of land with a gorgeous view on the Hérault Valley, this country villa in the south of France has been designed by local architecture studio Artelabo. Named ‘Villa Tranquille’ or ‘Quiet House’, the structure is based on a repeated sequence of four volumes, inscribed in a regular pattern, enclosed within a peripheral wall, and organizing four courtyards within the dwelling.
Closed on three sides, the home is completely secret and entirely focused on the landscape. Its powerful contrast between its opaque and closed external appearance and the intensity of the light provided by courtyards, gives strength to its interior space.
A wide fixed frame in the living room and a large opening in the last patio extend the house on the landscape. All rooms of the house open on one, two or three courtyards, and because of transparency, on the view. A system of sliding doors is aligned to create an enfilade, while a consistent use of flooring helps blur the division between indoor and outdoor space.
Designed for a mediterranean lifestyle, the house can be opened and breath day and night, and allow to be inside while being outside.
The house exterior basic shape refers to the archetypal image of the french ‘Provence’ villa. However, the project stands out clearly from the traditional procedure, by the way it ‘deconstructs’ and recomposes the elements in a new and unexpected expressive way.
all images © Marie-Caroline Lucat