TOURS (37) - 1990
CLIENT: Mr. et Mme JALLET.
PROGRAM: House, office and studio.
AREA: 220 m2 and 130 m2
COST: 230.000 ā¬
In the centre of residential Tours, a lawyer and his family wished to convert an old photographic laboratory into their residence and office.
This building presented several difficult constraints, being situated at the rear of a built up block with only one real faĆ§ade. The aim, therefore, was to free up this building, bring in space, views and natural light where possible.
An angled wall was created in front of the existing faĆ§ade, like an opening door. The resultant space enclosed the entry to the office, house and studio. A glass roof bridged this gap between the new and the old, uniting it under a double storey volume.
The western faĆ§ade was cut apart to allow create voids and double height spaces both to the inside and outside of this wall. The southern faĆ§ade was punctured to allow the entry of natural light.
The original roof was removed and replaced by a glass roof, akin to those used in artists' workshops, allowing a workspace that was open to the sky.
Against an angled wall on the northern faĆ§ade, a small volume was constructed to house the cellar, the office and studio.