First and foremost, it is the garden’s generosity that seduced the owners and pushed them to buy this 1960’s-villa, in Languedoc, which was not really to their taste.
For them, the most important concept was to rid the house from too many artificial elements (fake chimneys, fake arches, fake beams, etc) in order to reveal its true architectural identity. The house’s volumes have been tremendously simplified; therefore strengthening them.
The project was all about revealing spaces, more than creating new ones. In fact, the first step was to destroy all decorative elements and allow the structure to breathe again. The key was to fully open it! Pointless walls have been demolished, while creating large oak windows contemplating the garden.
It was not about being minimalistic or any grand architectural gesture, but about designing the right spaces, balanced and generous. The kitchen, in the very heart of the house, has been widened, with a patio now overhanging the highest part of the garden.
For them, real luxury is about living in the city, in the heart of a garden. Each room had to open towards the outdoors. Their goal: to welcome the garden’s light and serenity in each room, and model their house as a holiday one!