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The Book of Life: A Library and Garden by the Sea

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by Michelle Slatalla last modified May 29, 2015

For a bookworm client, Paris architect  Antonin Ziegler  built a freestanding library annex onto a country house in Senneville-sur-Fécamp, on the northern coast of France. Sited on a cliff above the sea about two and a half hours from Paris, the library's views are spectacular. To take advantage of them, the architect replaced three of the walls with enormous windows to erase the separation between outdoors and in. On the fourth wall? Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, of course. Photography via Antonin Ziegler . Above: Concealed in the base of the new 650-square-foot library is a garage. The library cube is adjacent to an old stone country house. The dark bulk of the new building "creates a relationship that tends to make the existing house disappear," the architect says. Above: Connected to the existing house by a glazed passageway, the new library is open on three sides—designed to look like a book that is open to the landscape. Above: A staircase from the kitchen in the main house leads to the library. Above: Ceiling pendants and strip lighting illuminate the plywood-clad interior. The glazing is presumably treated to prevent sunlight from harming the books. Above: The timber framing runs like ribs up the walls and across the ceiling. Above: Indoor and outdoor walls are clad in plywood; the exterior siding was blackened with pine tar to create a contrast to the stone walls of the existing house. Above: Windows frame views of a nearby village, meadows, and a green expanse of rough grassy lawn. Above: Pale plywood was left untreated on the interior walls and turns a warm golden color in the afternoon sun. Above: The staircase from the main house rises from the floor in the library. Above: "Inside, piles of books are stacked in every corner and recess. The rhythm of the day is marked by the turning of pages and punctuated by the comings and goings of the house cats," says the architect. For more of our favorite book-lined buildings, see: A Backyard Writer's Shed in London Steal This Look: A Library Loft in Barcelona In a Modern Addition, Books Come First And for the bookish look, go to 10 Favorites: Bookshelf-Printed Wallpaper . More Stories from Remodelista Lake Luxe: The Bespoke Scandi Houseboat, Australia Edition Architect Visit: A Louvered Beach House on the Arabian Sea A Boathouse with Royal Connections






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