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For those lucky enough to select just the right location to build their dream home, the view is often the most important consideration. The value of living in an area with beautiful scenery is multiplied when you can actually see the landscape or skyline from your windows. This house by Ziegler Antonin doesn’t just make the view a priority, it organizes the entire living space around it, becoming one big livable observation point.

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Located in a picturesque rural area with views of the sea in the Haute-Normandie region of northern France, HOUSE 05 is an extension to a more traditional home, attached via a small glass-walled corridor. The usable space is lifted above a garage and storage area to better take in the landscape from a massive glazed wall.

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The architects envision it as an observatory, but not just from the inside looking out. The large open space inside is put on display to the outside world, especially at night. Privacy isn’t really a concern, however, given the countryside location and the fact that the space is used as a library and writing study.

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Inside, nearly every surface is covered in warm plywood, including floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves. With windows on three sides that bring in natural light at all hours of the day, the space aims to be conducive to “concentration and creation.”