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Pottgiesser Architecture Possibles Renovates Ancient Orangery into a Family’s Home Reality

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The architecture firm of Christian Pottgiesser and partner, Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser, known as Pottgiesser Architecture Possibles, based in France, has been successful in creating numerous projects that are both appealing to the eye and profound in design details including being environmentally conscience and leaving the landscapes un-interrupted. They completed the family home known as Maison L in 2009 which meets all of their design criteria.




 

 

A successful architecture firm should be able to adapt to all design situations and produce remarkable and memorable, useful structures.

The architecture firm of Christian Pottgiesser and partner, Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser, known as Pottgiesser Architecture Possibles, based in France, has been successful in creating numerous projects that are both appealing to the eye and profound in design details including being environmentally conscience and leaving the landscapes un-interrupted.

They have also received many awards for their architectural abilities throughout the years. Some of these awards include the Contract World Award in 2008 and also the AIT Best of Office Architecture Award in that same year.

In 2009 their project known as Maison L was finished. It is a private home designed for a family of six and is located near Paris in Yvelines, France. Pottgiesser considers this house a “nature-focused retreat.”

Maison L's exterior

It was built around and as part of an existing 18th century orangery. An orangery is a traditional greenhouse for orange trees to produce the fruit year-round in cool climates.

Maison L's interior

The house has a modern and minimalist feel with concrete walls, open spaces, built in furniture and minimal furnishings. Its walls are a mixture of smooth curves and cutting edges intertwined with the pre-existing building.

Maison L is designed as having a main level building which is surrounded by five 3-story towers. Each tower is a private bedroom, bathroom and changing room. Also, each individual tower offers a distinct and unique view of the landscape that surrounds the orangery, plus the master-suite tower consists of a top level open balcony to enjoy its view from.

Maison L's interior continued

The building, besides being an addition and renovation space, has other very eco-friendly aspects.

Maison L’s main level is below ground allowing for natural cooling and ventilation and it receives a majority of its lighting as natural night from skylights in the ground-level roof. This roof along with the individual roofs of each of the five towers, are living green roofs that are covered in local greenery and vegetation. The concrete masonry blocks help maintain temperatures throughout the house during changing seasons.

It is always inspiring to see what can be preserved and retrofitted into a new built environment in architecture. Architecture firms such as Pottgiesser Architecture Possibles are preserving various past inheritances while designing modern, dreamlike structures.

Schematic Top View of Site

A home like Maison L is innovative, environmentally aware and landscape and view driven. Plus besides being a real down to earth structure the design of old meets new makes one believe this could be ‘home sweet home’ and gives inspiration for future designs in preservation and renovation.

Resources: Deload, Christian Pottgiesser Architecture, and The Coolist Blog

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