This is a house built on the abrupt side of a hill overlooking the city of Rouen. Two blocks of the same size, one transparent and the other solid, are superimposed, each in a different direction. The resulting composition snugly conforms to the hill slope.
The lower box contains the night areas while the glass box is dedicated to the kitchen, playing room and study. The roof of the lower box affords a generous terrace that opens onto the landscape. Movements and circulation, luminosity and sunrays, as well as eyesight cross the house in this direction. The space is ‘stretched’ between the hill and the horizon. Once the opal sliding doors are shut, the interior space ‘shrinks’ back to its real dimensions.
In this project, we experimented with a theme that was to follow us along all our other projects: the theatrical change that happens when you open a surface that is not transparent. While opening a window that is already transparent can add only freedom of movement and ventilation, opening an opal glass or an opaque surface brings a dramatic change in space perception and practice!