Villa Sperone Corse, France
Maartje Lammers & Boris
The site at the edge of the golf course is looking towards the bay, towards Sardinia over the water. Originally built in the 70ties, the first part of Sperone, Chappili is an example of urban planning regulations that worked really well over time. The buildings all made from Red Cedar shingles are all multi formed wooden sculptures in the forest. Apart form the Maquis, Eucalyptus trees grow in more protected areas in the lower part of the land.
The first sketches and design attempts are made by hand, accompanied by a conceptual model. We drive to Brussels to meet and what we hoped for happened. During the story on the concept, the most vulnerable moment of the process, they fall in love. The house in inspired by the leaves of the Eucalyptus trees, a series of leaves fall over the slope and embed themselves in the landscape, trying to meticulously follow the topographical lines and leaving the Maquis around untouched.
Working further on the design is pure joy. It seems that the house is designing itself. The structure of the build forms based on the veins of the leaf, curved laminated beams of Douglas Fir. The roofs undulating and covered with a fine texture of Red Cedar shingles. Walls are excavated in the rocky underground, leaving rough rocks exposed. With the typical stone masonry of Corse on top, combined with curved wooden walls with timber lattice and glass.