The commission was to transform a village house into five flats and a shop. This meant thinking about lifestyle and finding something different to the usual formats of new-built, often poorly designed flats and large detached houses. Shared spaces – the bike shed and the laundry room – free up space in the flats. Together with the shared garden and outdoor summer kitchen they help create new ways of living together. Rather than knock down the dilapidated house, the architect has worked respectfully on the existing structure, optimising use of the given space. The way it’s been done strikes a blow for sustainable architecture, and not just in terms of energy-saving.
The jury’s opinion
This is an excellent architectural response to the urgent question of renovating degraded old town centres in Provence. It makes a strong ecological and social statement, taking an inventive approach to the technical norms and cultural codes of restoration work in towns.