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Marly House in France by Karawitz

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Article source: Karawitz 

To live happily, live openly

On a tree-lined street in Marly-le-Roi a small community very close to Paris where high fences traditionally isolate each house and its garden, there is a house which reaches out to its neighbors creating a feeling of urbanity previously lacking on these parts. Because urban policy does not allow one house to open up to another to achieve the openness effect, this house is moved forward its parcel to open widely onto the street. A perforated galvanized-steel fence allows the passers-by to look in at the garden, which actually runs under the house that seems to levitate on its plot.  It is also an invitation to enter: the access is made from this underground level beneath the actual house, where the firewood is stored and the car parked. The layout of the ground floor is characterized by the fluidity of its three spaces, which are organized around the central fireplace, which alone endures the entire heating of this passive house. The kitchen and an intimate living room are located on either side of the carved staircase of a single piece of prefabricated steel, while two steps higher a living room crossing opens onto a vast terrace with a cantilever onto the street. This house blurs the boundaries between private and public to the benefit of user-friendly rooms that also open onto the outside.

Image Courtesy © Schnepp Renou

  • Architects: Karawitz
  • Project: Marly House
  • Location: Marly-le-Roi, France
  • Photography: Schnepp Renou
  • BET: Engineering Woodworking (Structural), Solares Bauen (Thermie)
  • Mission: Complete project management
  • Heating requirements: 20 kWh / m2a
  • Area: 145 m² shab
  • Delivery: September 2015

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