Spiral House / Powerhouse Company

first_imgArchDaily Photographs “COPY” Spiral House / Powerhouse Company Save this picture!© Stéphane Chalmeau+ 28 Share Spiral House / Powerhouse CompanySave this projectSaveSpiral House / Powerhouse Company 2008 Year:  Photographs:  Stéphane Chalmeau“We want a house with a twist, a house that has something something to say.” A house with a twist When a young french family approached the Powerhouse Company to design a house-extension with a twist they had no idea that could result in a truly twisting house. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™DoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAs opposed to the existing house, an old Burgundy farm, the new wing is dedicated to host their guest and visitors. With a large living room and a series of guest rooms the extension is not only an invitation into their home but also a picturesque experience of the surrounding landscape offered to their visitors. Set in the middle of a generous property of 13.000m2, crossed by a small river and planted of a wide variety of old ornamental trees, the Spiral House enjoys the sweet and pastoral charm of the landscape of Burgundy. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauA loop into the landscape Despite its traditional architecture the existing house was struggling to inhabit and occupy the share size of the park. By contrast the Spiral House expands freely in the garden seeking to create as many experiences of the garden as possible. In a gentle swing from the ground floor to the roof level it creates a surprising variety of spaces that blurs the boundaries between the house and the garden where the architecture and the landscape merge together. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauWrapping the house around a planted patio the Spiral House reminds the “Clos”: the walls enclosing the famous vineyards of the region. In the Spiral House this “Clos” is transformed into an inviting gesture, the peripheral wall is transformed to create a spiral: a continuous invitation from outside to inside, a continuous movement from the entrance to the more intimate rooms of the house. The patio, the covered terrace and the panoramic views connect the house with the garden and invite the guests to unwind and enjoy the garden’s life.More than a house, the Spiral House is a pleasurable and sheltered promenade in the landscape to its guests. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauOpen and intimate With its abstract and sculptural volume the Spiral House escapes any pre-set style and dialogues spontaneously with the old house and the garden. Its geometry grew from the internal organisation of the house and the particular wishes of the client such as large and open rooms with high ceilings on the ground floor for the living room and the library, and smaller and intimate spaces for two guest suites. It also includes a multi-purpose dorm/playroom for the the kids and their friends. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauTogether with the existing house, the Spiral House describes a programmatic loop and additionally creates a patio in the centre of the house. All the rooms are distributed around this patio along gentle stairs that rises gradually from ground floor to first floor. Visitors enter the extension by the patio and are thus welcomed in the heart of the house. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauThe architecture of the Spiral House is focused on the distribution of openness and the intimacy of space. The fully glazed patio floods the house with sunlight and create a great openness without compromising its intimacy. The external façades are perforated with windows varying in size and proportions and framing selected views on the garden to create a particular atmosphere in each room. It is a continuous space of soft transitions from public to private. The rooms functions as a successions of mezzanines that can be closed or opened, providing the guest with a subtle feeling of participating in the life of the house. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauElegant and adaptable Powerhouse Company’s design approach allowed the Spiral House to be build with a conventional budget for a mid range single family house. Priority is given to quality of the spaces, of light exposures and view rather than the expenses in materials. That means that a large part of the budget was invested in the structure to realize the complex geometry and achieve a surprising diversity of spaces with only 200m2 of floor area. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauThe clients specifically wished for a design that would permit them to supervise the entire construction of the house themselves. The Spiral House is built with a wooden structure, a system that creates a high degree of flexibility and adaptability. This made it relatively easy to adapt the complex geometry on site and further reduce the budget risks during the building phase. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauIn terms of materialization, the sculptural dimension of the volume is balanced with minimalist materials and details for the façade, giving it an elegant touch. The hidden window frames reduce the number of visible details on the façade. Additionally, the smooth plaster on the exterior walls contains subtle golden glitter-shine that playfully captures the light.Save this picture!ElevationProject gallerySee allShow lessKamyk Heritage Park / Tamizo ArchitectsArticlesBaton Rouge Downtown Library by Trahan Architects, updateArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/39155/spiral-house-powerhouse-company Clipboard France Projects Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•France Architects: Powerhouse Company Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/39155/spiral-house-powerhouse-company Clipboard Houses “COPY” CopyAbout this officePowerhouse CompanyOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesFrancePublished on October 30, 2009Cite: “Spiral House / Powerhouse Company” 30 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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