An Eccentric Facade Turns Heads at This House Outside Paris

At a dancer’s home in the suburbs, a series of exterior louvers create the perfect balance between privacy and openness.

"It was one of my dreams," says Blandine Minot as she slowly folds her legs into a pretzel. "The drawings that I did when I was seven or eight years old were full of tree houses." A modern dancer, Blandine has taken a seat on a tatami mat in the mezzanine that presides over her new home. From this perch, with a close-up view of a plum tree outside the house’s large windows, she seems to have gotten her wish.

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