There are surprises at every turn in this French villa. Built with peculiar proportions and sat on a narrow plot of land in Castelnau-le-Luz, in the South of France, one of its greatest assets is the garden. Home owners Philippe, Linda and their three children were ready for a change. This is where (ma!ca) architecture stepped in with walls knocked down and partitions put up to redefine the living areas. The creative re-imagining of the space banishes dark walls. Check out the GOM House home tour to see more!
One of the main goals of the project was to put emphasis back on enjoying the garden. As it was, the home built in the 90s was dark and dim, with little natural light. A steel wall kept the kitchen enclosed. The entrance hall was a 15-meter-long (49 foot) corridor that stretched from one side to another and all the way through to the garden, but it felt enclosed and drab.
Challenge accepted and transformation complete; the corridor has been opened up and replaced with a glass partition wall. The kitchen is now the link between indoors and outdoors, the heart of the home. The flow of the home directly connects the garden to the family’s lifestyle.
Now it’s making greater use of the 170-square meter (1800 sq. ft) space. The walls are decorated with a playfully patterned graphic wallpaper to keep things vibrant and reflect the nature found outside.
Playing with the joining of inside-to-outside spaces, the garden’s narrow decking pathway is just like the corridor, mirrored in the window making it seem even longer from afar.
The patio’s enclosed space features roof patio panels that imitate dappled sunlight. It diffuses the light, making it an inviting place to take shade. Sliding doors allow the kitchen to embrace the patio space fully, aiding with ventilation.
The living room is a quirky and unusual space, with a low window and two doors that lead to the garden. The sofa is elegantly styled with a Berber rug, and I love the felt ottomans that look like giant beach pebbles.
As the entire house was redesigned to make way for more natural light, be assured that the amenities were not neglected. Two bathrooms were created, connected by a translucent window. On one side you’ll see the basin, and on the other the bathtub. Fresh-faced and modernized, the slate floors and white tiles make a bold contrast.
From a dark and enclosed space to a bright a cheerful one, the home is anew with plenty of personality and playfulness. The tropical nuances blend greenery and you can see that the happy family are now getting the most out of the floor plan.