This cave-like house just outside Cannes tends almost more towards sculpture than architecture. The iconic home was designed by the famous French architect Jacques Couëlle and is one of his five 'landscape houses' with which he blends the architecture perfectly into its surroundings.
Jacques Couëlle (1902-1996) was a Modernist architect, nicknamed the 'architect of billionaires', who designed exceptional houses. His architecture is defined by sculptural forms, the use of concrete and remarkable designs and carvings. Couëlle's houses were often given an organic and natural look, they fit in perfectly with their surroundings because they adopted the same shapes. In this way the architect created a series of 'landscape houses'. His style has already been compared several times with Gaudi's organic architecture and we certainly see the similarities. Including in this 'landscape house' that was given a cave-like design.
The house integrates perfectly into the environment with organic shapes.
The special abode dates from 1962 and is located in France in Mouans-Sartoux, a small town in the Provence. It is a perfect representation of the architectural-sculpture movement that went against the 'straight angles' of the Modern movement of that time and opted more for natural and curved forms. As with Couëlle's other designs, the house integrates perfectly into its surroundings with organic forms, natural textures and curves. Inside we also find the same rough textures and colours as outside. These include stone, ceramics, terracotta floors, iron, wood and glass. The interior was decorated soberly but beautifully with some iconic pieces such as the famous 'Barcelona' chair by Mies van der Rohe.
The interior was decorated soberly but beautifully with some iconic pieces.
On a total area of 231m2 the house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large open living space with a round fireplace. With glass sliding doors the living room can open to the terrace with pool which again provides a connection between inside and outside. This beautiful, unique and above all iconic house – which is listed as heritage – is currently for sale through Espaces Atypiques, a – as the name suggests – network specialised in atypical real estate. For 2.45 million euros this historical gem can be yours. Courtesy of Espaces Atypiques