The voice of organic architecture in a village in the midst of the "royal valley" in the area around Vendôme.
This modernist villa is set in a village, 5 km from Vendôme, in the French department of Loir-et-Cher. 170 km to the south-west of Paris via the A10 motorway and the N10, 35 km from Blois and 60 km from Tours. The French capital can, nevertheless be reached in 42 minutes via the TGV train line linking Villiers-sur-Loir and Montparnasse stations. The assets of the Loir Valley such as chateaux and manor houses, parks and outstanding gardens, troglodyte villages as well as numerous festivals are now very well known.
Michel-Mangematin designed this architectural feat between 1996 and 1998. An exercise in the manner of Wright he would say! The architect, designer and teacher at the School of Architecture in Clermont-Ferrand, followed in the tradition of his elders, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe with whom he studied in the United States. He is one of those French forerunners who highlights the new 20th century housing codes in his work. His commitment to the Réseau Philosophie Architecture Urbain (urban architecture philosophy network) also orients his creations in human, a natural and poetic story between oneself and ones environment, and metaphysical, sensorialities, orientation and meaning dimensions.
This property, spanning a surface area of approx. three hectares, is taken up by grasslands and is concealed on the edge of a private 500 hectare forest, formed into a star-shape by several country lanes. A little secondary road, which leads to the village, goes around the estate, connecting the neighbouring hamlets.
This villa stands in the centre of the site, encircled by grasslands. It is surrounded by wide terraces, with a variety of parterres that flower all through the year, featuring Japanese purple maple, bald cypress, dwarf pine, willow, sweet chestnut and decorative pear trees. The flower beds are composed of beech, winter heather, elder, crownvetch, silverberry, spirea, cotoneaster, hydrangea, acacia and miscellaneous roses (New Dawn, De Rescht, Buff Beauty, Emera, Ghyslaine de Féligonde, etc.). The continuous grounds are enclosed by high hedges composed of dogwood, spindle-tree, privet and cherry plum. Fruit trees are predominantly to be found in a verdant stretch. A central alleyway provides access to both sides of the property. The outbuildings are not far away and several varieties of willow are planted around a lake. A farm shed, stables with 8 horse loose boxes, a tack room, a fodder store and a storage area, spanning a total floor surface area of approx. 300 m², are laid out in the middle where the land is good and fertile. A 6-horse walker is set up in front of these buildings.
The main buildingFundamental concrete, steel and glass principles have been adapted here. This open-plan house, designed to resist earthquakes, spans a floor surface area of approx. 290 m², all on a level. It is composed of various symmetrical and intercommunicating units all joined together. Good use has been made of the three dimensions, height, width and length. All the sliding or pivoting picture windows comprise burglar-proof double glazing in aluminium frames. The open-plan design provides extraordinary views of the outside. It is steeped in daylight. The thick, perfectly insulated walls are faced with brick. Above the wooden roofing framework, the slopes of the roof are covered with slate and feature wide brick chimney stacks. The long, overhanging eaves all around the house guarantee the rooms shade in the summer and sunlight during the winter. When it rains, a curtain of rain surrounds the terraces. A row of open, frost-proof terracotta bricks, included in the terrace paving, drains away rainwater.
The main entrance hall is reached via a wide ...
Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 4, Bundesland: Centre-Val de Loire