Hyères, France

An unrealised project for a house on a cliff, looking out over the Mediterranean near Hyères in the south of France. A main house and a subsidiary studio house. Both buildings cut partially into the rock, with the main house sheltered from the mistral behind a massive stone protective wall. Timber is used in its rough form for paths, sanded or outside terraces and fully worked and finished for folding window shutters. A lap pool, propped up on a rough stone wall provides swimmers with an uninterrupted view of the sea. New building is strictly controlled in this location, however planning consent was granted for the house with the comment that it was a ‘maison de grande qualité”. 1999.