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The Roofer House, France

Anne Belhoste - Les Ateliers du Vexin

The “roofer’s house” is situated in the Vexin Normand, at the entrance of the village “la Rouge Mare” – district of Martagny, in the Eure department, France.  In the North-East, the surrounding landscape is a large agricultural field, gently sloping plateau, along which is the main house.  The landscape turns from green (emerged crops) to dark brown (fall and spring tillage).   This large landscape’s colors and the client’s high level of expertise (he is owner of a roofing business) have immediately led to the choice of copper for the roof as well as for the façade’s masonries as if the house was a mound on the field’s border.

This face-to-face incorporates space and time (oxidation of the copper).

To the southwest, on a high projecting ledge, towards the orchard, on a subsoil absorbing the slope, perpendicular to the main part, the rooms directly open onto the garden. This small building, on the scale of the farmhouse, is covered with copper, playing the role of a modern shed.

To the northwest, perpendicular to the main part’s bottom is the third reception building (living-room, entrance room). Copper plays a precious role, kind of jewel metal box in its face-to-face with the forest.

The U-shaped allows the four aspects and the view of all parts by transparencies.

The interior and exterior thermal insulation completes the comfort.

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Building

Owner: 
Private dwelling
Completion date: 
2012
Country: 
France
City: 
Martagny

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/fascia
Roofs
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Les Ateliers du Vexin

Awards

Season: 
2013

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