La Petite Maison . Longueil

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The project is about building a minimal house to make the most of the beautiful existing garden and the proximity of the sea ; like a shelter to inhabit the site in a comfortable and dynamic way.


The twenty square meters space give the opportunity to find a dining room, a bow window as a living room with a sea view, a bathroom, a kitchen, sleeping for five people, toilets, and storage space.

To bring a large pleasure in this small area, the challenge is to make the people feel inhabiting the garden. Thus we use several devices: sliding windows which disappear behind the walls make the garden passing through the house; a bow window frames the sea and the village church and immerses the inhabitant in the landscape; a generous clerestory roof overhang gives a shelter to the immediate surroundings; a terrace offers views to the surrounding.

Project Name: La Petite Maison
Architecture Firm: -arba
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 20sqm
Lead Architects: Jean-Baptiste Barache, Sihem Lamine, Pierre Gourvennec

• Site: Longueil / Haute-Normandie / France
• Area: 20sqm
• Cost: € 98,000 Including taxes.
• Materials: Concrete blocks, northern fir, corrugated iron and polycarbonate, larch window and larch veneer
• Heating: Wood stove