This lovely mountain retreat designed by PPA is located within the mountainous area of the Hautes-Pyrénées, France.
Description by PPA The location on which this undertaking is located lies within the verdant valley of the Adour de Lesponne river, within the mountainous area of the Hautes-Pyrénées. It’s positioned on an space of flat pastureland nestled towards a steep slope and gives effective vistas over the valley under and lofty mountain peaks past. It’s framed by an space of deciduous woodland and is partially occupied by an present stone barn. This agricultural constructing, a remnant of the world’s energetic agricultural previous, has been transformed into a vacation residence. The standard of the conversion demonstrates nice respect for the constructing’s vernacular structure and nice sensitivity to its rural setting, thereby preserving the authenticity and distinctive character of the location. Our function was so as to add an extension to the prevailing barn conversion, creating new dwelling areas (a visitor room and multi-function room), together with a utility space and storage. The specificity of the extension venture is rooted each within the character of its pure setting and that of the prevailing constructing, and creates a double bind when it comes to each typology and design. The challenge opposes the highly effective architectural presence of the barn towards a want to ‘efface’ the brand new constructing and create a ‘topographical function’ of the utmost discretion But on the similar time, its design confronts the barn’s resolute sense of inwardness – protected by thick partitions with scarce home windows – with a brand new, extra extrovert area, turned outwards in the direction of the panorama of the majestic mountain panorama. As an echo to the custom for setting mountain shelters towards the incline of the hillside, our design explores the thought of partially buried dwelling areas. This not solely enabled us to respect the integrity of the agricultural website, but in addition keep away from making a conflict between the extension and the prevailing barn, by enormously decreasing the volumetric impression of the brand new constructing inside the panorama. The extension was positioned within the southern portion of the location, on equal footings with the barn, and slips effortlessly into the naturally excavated lay of the land. By retaining the earth above it, the constructing opens up an ample exterior dwelling area and a sheltered terrace space adjoining the barn. The façade unfurls alongside the incline and provides beautiful views out throughout the valley and mountain tops. The seen portion of the extension – the façade – first seems to be a easy log retailer, and solely then goes on to disclose the dwelling areas which open up beneath the hillside. The log retailer is created from industrial metal and is a component and parcel of the architectural construction of the entire. It incorporates entry to the inside, offered at given factors alongside the façade’s glazed wall. A dry stone wall, like these used as retaining partitions for cultivating crops within the space, varieties the extension’s rear elevation towards the incline and juts out alongside the outside terrace. The concrete slab forming the ceiling of the multi-objective room is visually dissociated from the stone wall, thereby staging the pure mild which floods in to light up it from above. The structural metal body varieties a deep and strong façade, serving not solely to dry and retailer logs, but in addition filtering the sunshine. From inside the constructing, it invitations the gaze outwards and frames our view of the encompassing countryside. The brand new constructing is firmly anchored in its rural Pyrenean setting and creates significant bonds with the pure setting it embraces.
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