Ciguë – designed a wooden house in Saint-Julien le Petit which scrupulously chooses its land, its exposure, its height, and its references from Japanese architecture to Californian Case Study Houses so as to revisit the archetype of the country house.

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A place in which you live in carefree and unconfined, in direct contact with the landscape, surrounded by bare necessities. The house is anchored in its context, yet far from the traditional stone houses of this village of Haute Vienne.

Mainly made of local wood, installed on removable steel foundations, and benefiting from large window openings, it is flooded with light and lives to the rhythm of the seasons according to bioclimatic principles.

Floating lightly above its field, the house imprints its unique neo-vernacular spirit on the landscape, having chosen wood from the surrounding forests that have gradually replaced the region’s agricultural land.

Mini CV

Standing at the crossroads between architecture, design and installation, ciguë reactivates archetypes to produce contemporary environments.

Our projects are characterised by experimentation, stripped-bare aesthetics and radical collage. Home to a team of twenty in Montreuil, our workshop is an arena where new interiors and materials are developed. By removing the hierarchy between different scales and dissolving the boundaries between different areas of expertise, ciguë reconciles the way we live in the world with the way we build it.

Facts & Credits
Project title  House in Saint-Julien le Petit
Typology  Architecture, House, Residential 
Location  Saint Julien le Petit, Haute Vienne, France
Client  Private
Project area  88 sq.m.
Design  Ciguë – 
Main materials
 Wooden frame structure, thermal insulation in blown cellulose wadding, exterior cladding in black stained larch wood, exterior carpentry in larch wood, roof with two slopes in galvanized corrugated iron, interior floor in calcium sulphate, interior lining in “fermacell” plasterboard, interior fittings in spruce wood
Photography  Maris Mezulis