At first glance, this Paris home may look almost like the bones of a future home…one that is well on its way to being completed but still missing some essential elements. The home, designed by French architects Djuric Tardio, is in fact complete and hiding some rather surprising secrets.
The pitched roof is not exactly a roof; rather, it is a pergola perched above a roof terrace. Its wooden supports will be used to grow a fruit and vegetable garden on and above the large terrace.
A decked dining area adorns the ground level entryway and a small balcony juts out from the second floor. The rustic appearance of the home is enhanced by its materials: it is composed entirely of Finnish larch.
Winter days are warmed by a comfortable fireplace just inside the entrance, while summer days are brightened by mobile kitchen furniture that can be wheeled outdoors for taking meals in the warm weather.
The interior of the home features sliding walls that move according to where they are needed – or away from where they are not.
Although the ground here is unstable and the land prone to flooding, this lovely home is placed on a plinth to raise it up slightly and keep it out of the way of floods.
“The new project has been realized in a neighborhood, Antony, that is an example of the belief that architecture, whether heterogeneous and homogeneous, is shaped by outdated zoning regulations. The delays in securing permits, along with conditions of the urban situation and our desire to continue and refine our own research on wood constructions, led us to propose a type of construction system. This type is still not released in urban areas and rather reserved for detached houses in less dense sites. The urban rules and the site context, which is very typical, have suggested the template, which has proved a real asset to the project.”
“Up there, the shape of the roof/pergola, which looks like an unfinished roof, has a specific function. On the one hand, it takes the archetype of the context, inserting the project in its environment without disrupting the urban rhythm, on the other hand, it won’t accommodate a closed roof that would become a catch-all attic or a wasted space. So we have inserted inhabitants in it, and have left it open by transforming it into a vegetable terrace, intimate and sunny. The choice of plants proposed by the landscape designer, grasses and vines on the pergola offering fruits (kiwis, squashes, grapes), will enable the owners to enjoy a vegetable garden, a suspended garden.”