Nantes house extension contrasts blackened wood facades with pale window frames

The central corridor passes an existing study, bathroom, master bedroom and kitchen, and is connected to a new dining room at the same level. Related story: Atelier 100architecture slots contemporary house into French medieval city centre
Taking their cues from the clients’ fondness for Scandinavian buildings, architects Marjolaine Bichet and Anne Laure Bertin designed a simple structure combining wooden walls with large windows, to make the most of the weak northern light. They chose to clad the extension with cedar boards to   help it merge with its garden environs, but stained the walls black to create contrast with the adjacent greenery. The client asked Bertin Bichet Architectes to create a 30-square-metre addition to the French property that would improve the connection between the interior and the garden at the rear. The layout of the original property is typical of the “maison nantaise” houses that are found throughout the city, with a garage facing onto the street and living areas above. “The   openings are frames, looking at remarkable elements of the garden – a stone   wall, a fruit tree,” said Bichet. Bedrooms are accommodated on the upper level beneath the pitched roof. The architects introduced a passageway that bisects the house, connecting the extension at the rear to the front door at the top of a set of stairs that ascend from the street. The architects employed a timber-frame construction method. “My clients wants a new living space more attuned to their garden,” Bichet told Dezeen. A narrow window above the glazed door opens onto the garden, creating a full-height opening that enables a view straight through from the entrance. Windows scattered across the end wall of the extension fill the new living areas with natural light and offer views out to the garden. Pale wooden window frames contrast with the black-stained cedar facades of this extension to a detached house in Nantes by French studio Bertin Bichet Architectes (+ slideshow).

Updated: 05.11.2014 — 01:10