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Laurence House


Renovation of a country manor

Project owner
Private Clients
Project manager
Atelier Cambium
Image credits
Cécile Perrinet-Lhermitte
Gironde (33), France
Renovation of a private home made from cut stone
Surface area
350 m2
Cost of the works

Located in a small village southeast of Bordeaux, this property comprises a house flanked by two late nineteenth-century wine cellars. The composition’s symmetry creates an alternation of full and empty spaces. The elegance of the façades of the warehouse spaces and the stone’s blonde colour give the domain an air of stylistic coherence and grandeur. The project has sought to adjust the interior layout to the family’s current needs and redesign the window pattern to create spatial legibility and increase the perception of a coherent whole. The building façades were also restored at this same time.

Existing site

Dating back to the eighteenth century, the house’s simple volume was altered numerous times over the centuries, as can be seen from the lack of composition in the façades and the scrambled interior layout. Aside from the aesthetic aspects, these flaws prevented the spaces from functioning properly on an everyday basis.

Our work on the façade of the house focused on re-establishing a harmonious composition of full and empty spaces, specifically by reopening the bay windows.

With their functional yet elegant composition, the wine cellars exemplify traditional Bordeaux vineyard architecture. For more information, please visit:

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