La Garde-Guérin, Lozère, France
Like a block of stone, the house is inspired by the typologies of the houses of La Garde Guérin, a fortified village in the south of France. Using stone from the site, combined with concrete for a contemporary implementation, from the outside it gives an impression of massiveness, of a solid and mysterious block. Once inside, a chestnut wood structure, inspired by local building principles, unfolds between its walls, creating deep spaces that bring light. The house is designed in sequence, where the structure is explored through use and where the play of light gives rhythm to the occupants’ day. Designed to accommodate a theatre company, the notions of actor and spectator are reinterpreted through this inhabited structure.