Raphaëlle Segond Architecte use movable glass walls to blur the boundaries of this French home
House in Beauvallon is a large family home situated in Beauvallon, on the Gulf of St. Tropez on the French Cote d'Azur. Stylistically the construction is the first of its kind in the area, marking a new generation of design in a region rich with tradition.
Raphaëlle Segond Architecte envisioned an aesthetic and sensorial link between the edifice and the surrounding nature and garden. Corresponding to the natural topographical setting, the maximum height of the elevation reaches just above the treetops, impressing on the user the ideals of being at one with the surrounding wildlife. This contemporary home is a concrete, glass and steel construction that employs transparent, movable glass walls to further blur the concept of what is within and external to the volume of the house, allowing the open indoor spaces to fuse deftly with the exterior environment. The woodpressed concrete provides a strong and cool texture while echoing the concept nature's direct involvement in the way we take shelter. Though often brutal, the concrete's treatment softens the material's appearance by adding illusion to the structure's already very liveable qualities. Additionally, the adaptable walls allow the house to utilise natural light and take advantage of cross ventilation to continuously break the Provence summer heat.
Immersion with the Cote d'Azur's organic verdure is pivotal to the experience of the house. Emphasising the concept of sustainable life within nature is the remodelling of a shipping container into an open-ended bedroom at the site's lower elevation. Inside the house, a master bedroom stands on the second elevation, and two rooms are on the ground floor with garden access. A special area for bedrooms named le dortoir takes shape beneath the pool and is separated from the garden by another glass wall. Finally, on the large roof top terrace you enjoy an exceptional 360° view of the sea and hills of the Gulf of St Tropez.