Eco-Friendly A-Frame in the French Countryside

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May 7, 2014
Originally published in Modern Today
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Safe Arbor
A serene French country house expresses a reverence for wood.
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  Arba, the architecture firm founded by Jean-Baptiste Barache and Sihem Lamine, designed a 1,786-square-foot residence for Dominique Jacquot 45 minutes outside Paris. The house is her sanctuary from city life.

    Arba, the architecture firm founded by Jean-Baptiste Barache and Sihem Lamine, designed a 1,786-square-foot residence for Dominique Jacquot 45 minutes outside Paris. The house is her sanctuary from city life.

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  The house has four varieties of wood that relate to one another with a similar material vocabulary. “It is all about finding ways to assemble pieces of the same nature,” says Lamine.
    The house has four varieties of wood that relate to one another with a similar material vocabulary. “It is all about finding ways to assemble pieces of the same nature,” says Lamine.
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  Though it’s built with sturdy framing, Arba’s House in the Grove doesn’t skimp on transparency. At the top of the gabled volume, battens form a double layer with louvers that allow daylight into the two bedrooms.
    Though it’s built with sturdy framing, Arba’s House in the Grove doesn’t skimp on transparency. At the top of the gabled volume, battens form a double layer with louvers that allow daylight into the two bedrooms.
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  Glass doors printed with a serigraphy technique (above) are on two sides of the house. Jacquot sits at a dining table and benches designed by Arba and built by Menuiserie Ressy.
    Glass doors printed with a serigraphy technique (above) are on two sides of the house. Jacquot sits at a dining table and benches designed by Arba and built by Menuiserie Ressy.
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