Building extensions usually reduce the size of a plot, thus making the exterior space smaller. Architect Mabire Reich avoided this when designing an extension for a family home in Nantes in France by transforming it into a "landscape house". The new structure features successive terraces connected by ramps which form an itinerary that opens to a patio.
The house is located in a neighborhood in Nantes established on a ridge of the Armorican Massif. A small house referencing the area’s history sits at the bottom of the 300-square-meter (3229-square foot) plot. The owners commissioned the architect to design an extension of the existing house. In order to provide lots of open space, the architect conceived a landscaped structure that features terraces connected to the patio with ramps.
“We designed a path created from a play with successive terraces connected by ramps, forming an itinerary which opens successively to a patio, to the landscape of the heart of block’s small urban gardens and the great scenery on the southern shores of the Loire,” said the architect.
The various external links shape the landscape of the interior. Metal is combined with plywood and repetitive patterns to create different ambiances. A series of open-plan living spaces, including the kitchen and workshop, are connected by oblique views.
Photos by Guillaume Satre