This contemporary property plays artistically with volumes and materials and stretches the architectural lines in the light! It is located in Cap D'Ail in a privileged residential area with a breath-taking view over the bay.
The particularity of this plot, which the client wished to exploit, was its exceptional position, parallel to the pedestrian walkway and along the entire sea front. He wanted to extend, refurbish and architecturally enrich the building, while respecting the very restrictive regulations; the challenge was to reinvent everything to give this house its nobility, taking into account the constraints of the existing building.
Initially, the main house was a very heterogeneous neo-Provençal building, had been built partially above the height of the natural ground. We first lowered its highest interior floor level to find harmony in the lines and volumes. This intervention allowed us to create a crawlspace below the ground floor, to reinforce the foundations and to ensure a better stability of the building.
In the second phase, we then further lowered the interior floor level in certain parts of the house, thus creating enough height to integrate a second floor: three charming bedrooms under the slope of the roof, each with an exceptional view of the great blue sea, with an ensuite bathroom and an additional mezzanine space.
On the ground floor, the living room with its high sloping ceiling providing an attractive volume and the double-height dining room articulate around a vast, yet inviting, kitchen. The master bedroom, with its dressing room and large bathroom, complete this space.
On this plot of land bordering the sea, the house has taken its place naturally, with a garden where a grey-green stone pool stretches out, blending perfectly well with the splendid hundred-year-old olive trees. A lovely little cottage, close to the pool, allows guests to enjoy the place.
Architecturally, the details have been carefully considered and finished: the bathrooms and the guest toilet are adorned with majestic marble slabs that have been carefully installed to highlight their splendour and elegance. The earth tones of the façades contrast with and enhance the contemporary windows, each offering a different sea view according to the season.
The wooden terraces naturally create a fusion between the interior and exterior.
Finally, the subtly chosen Mediterranean flora give this property its authenticity, allowing the construction to blend in with the surrounding nature.
PROJECT CARRIED OUT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:
Complete architectural mission: Nathalie Gehamy, architecte
Landscape Designer: Laurélie De La Salle