This is why, when discovering the site, and despite all the difficulties, creating a view overlooking the entire valley became the dominant idea. A belvedere became the evident solution: to see as much of the valley as possible by going above the trees, but without ever having a reverse view in order to protect the intimacy of the Tour Saint-Ange and its park.
The studio was therefore thought of as a kind of tower on three different levels that twist to reach the view beyond the valley. This is monolithic architecture, a silent piece of art, made entirely from wood, with a natural finish on the inside and a black asphalt finish on the outside. During the daytime, multiple openings on the facade allow the light to pour into the living rooms, the studio and the two levels above – from three different directions (except from the north side facing the Tour Saint-Ange). At night, the wood blinds treated with the exact same finish as the facade hide the windows and allow the monolith to become all black and quiet once again.
Saint-Ange Residency, Seyssins, France
Program: artist residency, studio and apartments
Architects: Studio Odile Decq
General contractor: Sema
Urbanist: Jocelyne Icart
Structural work: Soraetec
Structure: Bois Conseil
Carpentry: Mr Joly Bois
Client: Colette Tornier
Area: 185 sqm