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Built in the 1930s, then enlarged in the 1950s, this former garage has waited half a century before discovering its true vocation: that of a pleasant family home located close to the Atlantic Ocean. A good example of conversion for this building combining metal framework and cinder blocks. But to arrange and isolate the interior space while retaining the original structure, the architect had to deploy treasures of ingenuity: load times to retain the apparent structure, creating a patio to light the living rooms , design and cladding of the flue. Conductive thread: an alternation of economic and even industrial materials (cooperating steel tray, railing in flat iron and stainless steel mesh, lacquered medium, Blizzard closet fronts) and noble materials (Corian worktops, tinted oak flooring) wenge, wenge cupboards).
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TECHNICAL CHOICES OF THE ARCHITECT
The metal frame. The reconversion of this industrial building into a residential house required the creation of a double skin (insulation from the inside) and reinforcement of the original metal structure. Indeed, the latter has only an aesthetic vocation: lattice girders of the 1930s have been preserved, but metal poles take up the expenses related to new developments (patio, floor of the mezzanine, etc.).
Set of partitions. "The volumetry was dictated by the new functions of the place," says the architect. However, each zone is more suggested than defined. Thus, the entrance hall is simply separated from the living space by a partition of about 2 m high alternating flat areas of orange and white. Side stay, it is decorated with a shelf with zigzagging forms.
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Floor games. The original floor could not be preserved, but the architect chose a natural material (solid oak stained wenge), rather than a polished concrete floor. Only the kitchen space is treated differently, since the floor is covered with a white resin. A grating grid creates a curtain of hot air to prevent cold wall phenomena related to underfloor heating.
Architect: Lionel Coutier Architect
88 av. Cordelières, 17,000 La Rochelle.
Such. 05 46 00 01 86. www.lionelcoutier.com