Beuil, France 2008 | built
Nestled in a small medieval village in the South of France, this loft space was used after World War Two by the French military as a bakery for the soldiers--hence the name “Le Four” which means oven in French. The domed oven was removed many years ago and the space lay dormant. This renovation transforms it into an open plan residence. Instead of subdividing the footprint of the building into smaller rooms, the space is kept as open as possible to create a large multi-functional space that can accommodate a couple or family as well as large communal gatherings. A bedroom and bathroom are set aside under an adjacent terrace in what used to be a stable. Reclaimed materials were used throughout the project (including three-hundred-year-old beams for the cantilevered bar and an old manger for the countertops) to create a welcoming and evocative interior.