PAN Architecture : Un toit pour deux

The Marseille agency PAN Architecture is killing two birds with two independent houses under one roof in the village of Puyricard near Aix-en-provence (13) looking like a villa. What give the desire to extend the summer infinitely.

It is under the sun exactly, in a green setting of the region of Aix-en-Provence, that an American family has dreamed its holiday home to gather small and big children. A wish granted by the studio PAN architecture that achieves not one but two homes together under one roof thought as a eulogy dolce vita.

Although its building mainly made of wood and concrete strips radiates an apparent simplicity, it is nonetheless the result of a long reflection on the development of 300 square meters of housing. Stacking, shifting, and juxtaposing volumes like cubes playing on the boundaries between closed and open spaces: everything here tends to vary perspectives under the roof pierced in its center, seeming to decline towards the east.

"Propose light-flooded spaces with spatial continuity and material shifts between indoor and outdoor", Jean-Luc Fuguier and Mathieu Barbier Bouvet, architects.

Below, the main house - located in the west - offers its inhabitants beautiful ceilings on both levels. The walls of the living rooms and bedrooms are pierced with many picture windows overlooking the surrounding landscape. An aesthetic bias, allowing less electric lighting promised by the long summer nights.

Small paved passages to navigate from one space to another lead to the parking space at the back, one of the only places shared with the individual apartment. No less charming than its neighboring house, the latter has a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom with balcony. High point of the project, the huge garden hosting a pool whose edge extends into relaxation area. A small pavilion sheltering armchairs and barbecue to laze at the dusk under the cicadas' song.

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For more information, visit the website PAN Architecture

Photographs: Sébastien Normand

Anouchka Crocqfer

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