Zakarian-Navelet : Place du village

To build a family refuge for escapades in the south of France, that supposes to create an "inhabited architecture", a place as confidential as functional. Bet held for the architectural and urban planning agency Zakarian-Navelet with its private villa "Place du village". Stanislas Zakarian and Olivier Navelet erect a refined home perfectly installed in the paradisiac landscape of the peninsula of Giens (83). A dream house between land and sea

Nestled among the trees, the villa "Place du village" rises in a wild and abundant nature, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Harmoniously integrated into the site of the peninsula, this holiday home brutalist inspiration settles on a slightly sloping ground divided into four by old restanques today vegetated. The agency Zakarian-Navelet has thus worked to build a villa both functional and comfortable to make it the theater of joyous farnientes of the family of the sponsor.

This family home of 237 square meters includes three volumes of raw concrete wood effect housing the entrance pavilion, the main house and two independent guest rooms. The three modules are all located around a central square which, like a Mediterranean village, is adorned with limestone pavers. A concrete bench and an olive tree complete this movie set.

The villa has also been cleverly designed. As in traditional Provencal farmhouses, the villa has thick walls - here 60 centimeters thick - to keep a cool interior in summer and protect the inhabitants from the cold in winter. Equipment such as the fireplace, the heated floor, the solar panels also make the "Village Square" a comfortable refuge during the season.


The interiors are both minimalist and functional. The collective spaces, vast and soberly decorated, are pierced by large sliding glass doors. The house thus opens on the outside. What to enjoy an exceptional view of the sea and the surrounding landscape.

At the end of the construction, the architects Stanislas Zakarian and Olivier Navelet asked the photographer Stephen Dock and the writer Arnaud Maïsetti to tell the story simply. From this meeting was born a visual and textual narrative The Lying Forest. A poetic book published by Sometimes.

An ideal home to reassure oneself to the rhythm of the sweet life.

To learn more, visit the site of the agency Zakarian-Navelet

Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Léa Pagnier

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