Karri Loop House
Margaret River, Australia - 2013 Photography: First three photos from Giulio Aristide - Peter Bennetts
A6A is an architecture office based in Bordeaux, France.
Bordeaux, France - 2020 - Photography: Agnès Clotis
The heart block with lush greenery gives the house a tropical air in summer. The canvas of the gray concrete formwork on the brutalist facade on the garden side recalls a modern architectural style. Inside the house, the materials, plants of various species, the shimmering colors of the fabrics warmly enhance a South American atmosphere. Oak plywood furniture, made to measure and "homemade", structures the interior: doors, frames of kitchen furniture, bookcase, dresser, desk, bed frame, dressing room, shelves in bedrooms, or even room divider. the stairs.
On entering, a first level gives access to the house and the independent studio. With its kitchen, bathroom, and mezzanine bedroom-office, the studio once reconfigured allows the creation of two additional bedrooms. On the ground floor of the house, entering on the right, the bathroom with its white tiles and its day well. Then the master bedroom, bathed in light because it is opened by a large bay window which overlooks the garden below.
Two white stairs provide access on the one hand to the first floor and to the garden level on the other. Without railings or handrails, the shadow cast in the whiteness of the walls creates a suspended pattern. Upstairs, the attic guest bedroom with its bathroom.
Going down to the garden level, a second bay window opens as widely as possible to the outside. The central space consists of the living room, the dining room and an open kitchen made up of two islands facing each other. The storage spaces are closed by stainless steel doors. The owner made the concrete worktops himself, adding white and gray stones to the still fresh material. A memorable dust experience that makes the exercise difficult to reproduce.
This unique furniture would almost give a contemporary work character to the downstairs room. Originality that applies to the entire house: elegant, restful white, bright with multiple interior and exterior openings. A softness marked by strong lines, raw materials, and the power of volumes.
Bordeaux, France - 2020 - With AAPJ - Photography: Agnès Clotis
The challenge of this rehabilitation is to build on what already exists to respect the spatial quality already present. Sustain it by intervening in the most discreet way possible to meet the new needs of the order.
A main material punctuates the project and distinguishes the new elements of partitioning and furniture. Oak is this common thread. By its robustness, its sobriety, and the warmth of its natural color, it allows us to stage each volume.
The apartment is located on the second floor of a typical building in the city center of Bordeaux. It crosses the street at the heart of the block, and is lit in its center by a light well. The main access is marked by a first fencing of any height. Through the oak slats, the soft light illuminates the entrance area.
This high ceiling offers an astonishing spatial dimension. A door decorated with moldings opens onto the living room where shelves dress the wall. The color of the oak, tinted by the light that bathes the room, contrasts with the white walls and the marble fireplace.
From here you access the dining room, which opens onto the day well. If you follow the natural light, you discover the kitchen, dark and discreet. Then, access to the sleeping area becomes confidential. Hidden in the furniture, a back door gives access to the corridor which distributes it. At the end, we discover the master bedroom. Storage along the walls and oak is used to build a piece of furniture forming the headboard, bookcase and bedside tables. Facing the bed, a platform accommodates an open bathroom, where you can enjoy the light and the tranquility that reigns in the heart of the island.
The municipal complex of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer is the first part of the large-scale urban project defined by the Town Hall: beyond the planned public buildings, including this multi-functional block, the city wishes to focus on the re- qualification of the public spaces which will connect them the beach with the lake. Mineral and plant esplanades will enliven this route punctuated by new equipment.
Our intervention favors the urban form of an independent block, prioritizing the public passages around it. The rugged topography of the site allows us to play with spaces that dominate others, occasional views of the gardens below, and with a changing volumetric cutout.
A white concrete object, which contains the projection room, dominates the project. Very closed on three of its four sides, it opens generously on the fourth, cantilevered on the shops on the ground floor. It becomes the ball joint between the public space which arrives from the beach and the large parking lot below. The green embankment accompanies spectators to the main entrance, leading them to the public balcony. This is a different space, not frozen, open to the various uses that can be imagined by the citizens.
The materials on the facade will remain raw. For the sake of constructive readability, the concretes will keep visible traces of the formwork. They will be underlined by the punctual use of steel which, through its patina, will give tones and colors which will evolve over time.