Saint-Ange Residency

The placement of the Saint-Ange Residency, on the lower side of the plateau of Tour Saint-Ange’s park, beyond the vegetable garden, under the trees and on the slope leading toward the Grenoble’s golf course – was definitively a challenge.

Saint-Ange Residency - Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq - Photography : Roland Halbe

Saint-Ange Residency – Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq – Photography : Roland Halbe

The site is beautiful for its unobstructed view on Grenoble’s valley, but difficult for its hard and narrow slope. This is why, when discovering the site, and despite all the difficulties, creating a view overlooking the entire valley became the dominant idea. A belvedere became the evident solution: to see as much of the valley as pos- sible by going above the trees, but without ever having a reverse view in order to protect the intimacy of the Tour Saint-Ange and its park.

Saint-Ange Residency - Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq - Photography : Roland Halbe

Saint-Ange Residency – Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq – Photography : Roland Halbe

The studio was therefore thought of as a kind of tower on 3 different levels that twist to reach the view beyond the valley.

Saint-Ange Residency - Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq - Photography : Roland Halbe

Saint-Ange Residency – Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq – Photography : Roland Halbe

This is monolithic architecture, a silent piece of art, made entirely from wood, with a natural finish on the inside and a black asphalt finish on the outside. During the daytime, multiple openings on the facade allow the light to pour into the living rooms, the studio and the two levels above – from 3 different directions (except from the north side facing the Tour Saint-Ange).

Saint-Ange Residency - Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq - Photography : Roland Halbe

Saint-Ange Residency – Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq – Photography : Roland Halbe

At night, the wood blinds treated with the exact same finish as the facade hide the windows and allow the monolith to become all black and quiet once again.

Saint-Ange Residency - Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq - Photography : Roland Halbe

Saint-Ange Residency – Courtesy of Studio Odile Decq – Photography : Roland Halbe

Project Info
Architects : Studio Odile Decq
Location : Seyssins, France
Year : 2015
Type : Residential/ House
Photographs : Roland Halbe

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