Which architect’s house best reinvents the existing heritage?


These eight houses of architects privilege the reuse on the nine in an ecological step and in a principle of economy of means. Le Figaro invites you to vote for the Archinovo 2022 prize until May 31 in order to reward the most beautiful architect’s house in France.

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Shed LC155 in Marseille (13)

This former fishing shed has undergone extensive extension and renovation. He thus gained 7m² of living space. A contemporary reinterpretation of a local construction therefore, the Regain architectural agency being sensitive to the spirit of the places it invests. To accommodate a family of five in this space, the rooms have been made modular by creating sliding walls. As for the interior layout, Le Corbusier’s famous cabanon in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin served as a model, particularly with regard to the range of warm colors that decorated this property.

Borderie cellar in Salles-sur-Mer (17)

It is an old abandoned cellar which has been rehabilitated this time. It had an unoccupied outbuilding that the architects linked to the winery with a new extension. In order to highlight the character of the original house, the architects kept the frames of the freestone bays. The extension brings a contemporary note with its aluminum sliding glass facade overlooking the garden. Office Zola thinks of all users by ensuring accessibility for people with reduced mobility through spaces on one level and the integration of a ramp.

Chapel in Beauvais (28)

This country house comprises a main building dating back over 60 years and a stable. The barn has been transformed into a living room and extended by a large terrace to gain surface area. The original materials have been preserved and highlighted: the floor is in period tiles, one of the walls in millstone, the other in half-timbering. The Camille Archilla & Nicolas Guerin Architectes Agency worked together on this second home project, remaining faithful to their principles of reusing and amplifying what already exists.

The Wave at Murat (15)

This house pays homage to the old slate roofs by the curve of its roof. To the south, the zinc roof rises to capture the sun’s rays and to the north it lowers to protect itself from the wind. Wood dominates and the materials are deliberately left visible. This sober architecture is the prerogative of the Arba agency, which mainly produces individual houses. The spaces are modular, such as in the living room where a sliding door makes it possible to create an isolated work space or a guest room.

The Pre aux Pierres in Rambouillet (78)

Three farmhouses located in the Yvelines have become a main house, a guest house and an art gallery. To harmonize the architecture of the three buildings, a glazed aluminum curtain wall was affixed to the three houses. Old materials were reused. They have just changed their main function: the wooden beams of the roof extend in columns to the ground and the walls take up the terracotta tile facing of the roof. David Apheceix has teamed up with interior designer Vincent Le Bourdon to give these new uses to the materials.

Wilson elevation in Bordeaux (33)

This project is characterized by the raising of an old urban shop by an additional level. Thus fifty square meters of living space have been added and in this elevation takes place a parental suite. The masonry walls of the elevation are clad in Bourg stone facing, in order to unify this annex with the neighboring facades. The new living room is extended by a slatted terrace, offering an unobstructed view of the garden.

Topless House in Pouliguen (44)

The roof of this house is removable which gives the impression of blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior. Like a convertible car, this house allows you to live in the open air. Clever diversions are the specialty of Avignon Architecte who transformed an old dilapidated veranda into a retractable extension. Further on, a terrace, also removable, covers and uncovers a staircase leading to the foot of the ramparts and offering direct access to the beach.

See everything but be guessed at in Carantec (29)

This house blends into the landscape. Gray brown in color, it is almost difficult to distinguish it from the rock. No risk here of distorting the landscape. It is as if the house were part of the mound on which it stands. At the end of two large beaches, this building offers a panoramic view of the sea without being guessed from the outside. It is presented as an unrolling of glass curtain facades, very discreet.

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