Home-Made is a minimal house located in Bordeaux, France, designed by A6A. The house is located between the Saint-Jean station and Place Nansouty districts, on a quiet street surrounded by low-rise buildings. The lush vegetation of the heart of the block gives the house a tropical feel during the summer months. The gray concrete frame on the brutalist garden-facing facade is a modern architectural feature. Inside, the house is warmly appointed with a variety of plants, colorful fabrics and unique materials, creating a South American ambiance. Custom-made oak plywood furniture, including doors, kitchen frames, bookshelves, a bureau, bed frame, dressing room, shelves in the bedrooms, and a stair separator, adds to the overall aesthetic.
Upon entering, a first landing leads to the house and a separate studio. The studio, with its kitchen, bathroom, and mezzanine bedroom-office, can be reconfigured to create two additional bedrooms. On the ground floor of the house, to the right upon entering, is the bathroom with white tiles and skylight, followed by the master bedroom, which is bathed in natural light from a large bay window overlooking the garden. Two white staircases lead to the upper floor and the garden level. Without railings or handrails, the shadow cast on the white walls creates a suspended pattern. Upstairs, there is a guest room under the eaves, with an en-suite bathroom. On the garden level, a second bay window opens as widely as possible to the outside.
The central area of the garden level comprises a living room, dining room, and an open-plan kitchen with two facing islands. The storage areas are closed with stainless steel doors. The owner created the concrete countertops himself, adding white and gray stones to the fresh material. The process was a memorable dust-covered experience, making it difficult to replicate. This unique furniture almost gives the room the character of a contemporary work of art. This originality is true of the entire house, which is elegant, peaceful in its whiteness, and full of natural light from multiple interior and exterior openings. The softness is offset by strong lines, raw materials, and powerful volumes.
Photography by Agnès Clotis Lacolonge