Robinson Crusoe's island? A wooden version of Villa Malaparte? A Californian caprice on the Big Sur cliffs? None of those, just a dream chalet perched above Ensuès-la-Redonne.
"I've seen Ulysses and I know what to do," was in substance the answer that architect Christophe Migozzi gave Mr D., who had asked him to go and see "what could be done" on the triangular plot he had just bought, barely 700m² on a slope dropping 40m, eyeball to eyeball with the sea. "The first time I headed down that steep track was on a nasty winter afternoon, almost apocalyptic," the architect remembers. "The sea was wild, crashing, and the low dark sky seemed to wrap around the ruins of a hut beaten by the gales. In my mind I could hear the owner: 'On the web I saw La Vigie St Anne that you built in Lambesc. I want something along those lines right here, but without a gram of concrete!'"
"The owners barely altered my proposal, we were on the same wavelength," says Migozzi. Named KGET, the wood-framed construction follows the slope of the land down towards the sea, triangular in shape and standing on stilts so as to make the most of the available land. It comprises two floors, one with a shower room and two sleeping spaces, the other with a living area and kitchen opening onto a terrace. Topped by a sloping green roof, the chalet feels like a Provençal arbour built of larchwood planks installed vertically to create a screen-like effect.
"Utterly Mediterranean in spirit, in the moucharaby style so frequent in the traditional architecture of Arabic countries." KGET was completed at the beginning of summer so its owners could spend their first holidays away from the world, virtually in the wild.