- 4 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- 7 habitable rooms
- 357 square meters of living space
This property, 45 minutes from Nice and 20 minutes from Cannes, is in a tranquil district backing on to national forests, just a few minutes from the town centre of Grasse. Peace and quiet reign here, notably because of the low density of housing. The dominant view takes in the valley as well as the French Riviera. Nice and Antibes are within easy reach from the easterly part of Grasse.
This villa was constructed on the hills that extend the town of Grasse, taking clever advantage of the topography of the sloping land, whilst respecting the natural surroundings. Built in 2006 by the company of Martine-Lobs, an architect renowned for her bold constructions in character settings, this villa was inspired by those that were constructed in California in the 1950’s which reflected the style of the “Usonian School” created by Frank-Lloyd-Wright, architect of the famous “Fallingwater”. The design of this house is based on transparency. The glazed sections of the living room disappear completely, producing an outstanding effect that blurs the lines between the inside and the outside.
This villa, with its straight lines, is composed of two rectangular units which, although slightly offset, fit discreetly together. This results in a protrusion of the acroterion and a second roof set back from and looking down on the other bigger roof. Both, like thin galvanised plateaux, widely overhang the top of the walls, protecting the facades from the summer sun, whilst inviting that of winter. This design also leads to a subtle change in the interior layout, creating half-levels. Lined with horizontal strips of wood, these areas feature wide picture windows inviting the outside world into the living rooms. A wide terrace extends the living room and, an especially pleasant feature, the picture windows that separate it from the inside disappear completely, suspended out of sight. A system composed of wooden strips, in the section intended as a living area, can be used to control the amount of daylight. This section of the house with the terrace forms a semi-covered area dominating the valley.
A little architectural gem: the building’s integration with the landscape and its functional aspect are its most outstanding features. This just goes to prove how much light and space as well as the views become consubstantial to the quality reflected by the architecture. Just like the mountain, this house is as pleasant to live in as to look at from a distance. It resembles a sculpture set in natural surroundings: a moving, living sculpture.
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