Le Pré aux Pierres
by David Apheceix

Le Pré aux Pierres is the transformation, renovation and extension of 3 farm houses in Les Yvelines, France, into a new home and project space for a contemporary art collector.

Close to Paris, Yvelines is a French department that belongs to the Grande Couronne de la Région Île-de-France.

The project was designed and conducted by architect David Apheceix and designer Vincent Le Bourdon.

David Apheceix is an architect and graduate in Philosophy based in Paris.

Based in Paris and Brussels, designer Vincent Le Bourdon collaborates with artists, galleries and collectors.

The estate, made of meadows and forest, is spread over 25 hectares but the buildings only face a small central courtyard.

Through a single gesture, the apposition of an orthogonal pattern onto the houses at an angle, the project aims to open them towards the surrounding landscape and each other, through those new parallel lines.

This pattern has the effect to carve volumes into the existing buildings, producing new facades, spaces and architectural elements.

The existing vernacular materials are stretched around those voids by the operation: beams transform into columns, roofs into walls, ceilings into partitions and the ground floor into a staircase.

Such as stone, oak wood and terracotta tiles

The continuous beige concrete floor that spans between the houses is perforated following the same pattern outside, to entwine terraces and the edge of the forest.

In a landscape project developed with Damien Roger  In a landscape project developed with Damien Roger

This architectural apparatus works as a tool for the owner to play with infinite dialogical agencies between artworks and a spectacular natural environnement.

Authors David Apheceix (Architect), Vincent Le Bourdon (Interior designer)
Year 2019
Surface 350 sqm
Location Yvelines, France
Collaborators Damien Roger (Landscape designer)
Photography Maxime Delvaux

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a project powered by Itinerant Office

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