The first shop of the lifestyle brand Sans Pere.
Organised around a vibrant patisserie kitchen, the space is structured into rooms reflecting an archetypal house plan. The volumes and shapes are on a domestic scale feeling personal, warm and inviting. Blurred boundaries entice the customer to take a journey with a seamless experience and allow long vistas across the space.
The architecture is taking cues from the French Riviera landscape. The silvery greens and fresh yellows of the colour palette are inspired by the mimosa, an iconic mediterranean tree. Deep window reveals bring sharp shadows into the room while framing the views by cutting through the existing facade. The monochrome backdrop unifies the space, reflective volumes and green marble terrazzo animate the landscape and bring depth to the rooms. Lush planting on the terrace and colourful outdoor furniture are hinting the busy cafes under the hot sun of the French South coast.
2015 – 2017
160 sqm (Self-built)
For their new family home, the clients wanted to focus on sustainability and light. The design of the house is inspired by the traditional Breton farm houses, implemented with contemporary materials. A timber frame, strawbales insulation and a Sedum green roof ensure the excellent energy performance of the building, while the untreated Douglas cladding will weather to take a silver coat, similar to those of the local vernacular granite houses.
15sqm - Extension (Self-built)
This house, designed and built 25 years ago by its owners, needed an extension to accommodate the growing family. Split over 2 levels, the additional space provides an extra living room at the top and a study for the reorganised en-suite bedroom below. Deliberately timeless in its design, the extension echoes the volumes of the existing building. The large extends of glazing bring extra daylight to the heart of the house while offering open views onto the valley. The timber cladding, taken down from the original house for the works, has been reclaimed and reused for the new facades, bringing a strong sense of belonging to the whole.
2009 – 2010
120 sqm (self-built)
The clients’ brief called for a low budget, eco-friendly house for a young family of four. The answer came in designing a simple volume, maximising the floor area while minimizing the material consumption. A careful choice of materials, timber for the structure and cladding, strawbales for the insulation, and a rational detailing of the design, ensured it meet the clients’ small budget. It also provided the required simplicity for the owners to be able to build their new home themselves.