Gallery: La Grange de Mon Père is a Delightful Extension to a Tiny Farm...

MJ Architectes convinced their clients to allow them to add a light addition to their family farm house in Marseille, France instead of a heavy new dwelling they asked for. And we're so glad they did. Situated in an agricultural area of the country, La
 
MJ Architectes convinced their clients to allow them to add a light addition to their family farm house in Marseille, France instead of a heavy new dwelling they asked for. And we're so glad they did. Situated in an agricultural area of the country, La Grange de Mon Père is a very simple timber addition with two gables and a belly full of daylight that juts off the kitchen area of an existing home.

All of the buildings in this farming community of Marseille are defined by a certain aesthetic, one that the clients were loathe to disrupt when the needed to expand their home to accommodate a new child. But the designers managed to strike the perfect compromise with a lightweight 63 sqm extension constructed almost entirely out of timber.

Raised slightly off the ground to minimize site disturbance, the extension has concrete plinth for a foundation, wood floors, wood walls, and a roof without a frame. Glass openings ensure that the interior is full of light, careful orientation maximizes winter solar gain, while a sliding shutter provides shading during the summer. It’s amazing how such a simple intervention as this can completely alter the character of a home.

+ MJ Architectes

Via Arch Daily

Photos © Michael Jan

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