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Renovation in the softness of the sea

In osmosis with its environment, after renovation, this house in the pines has been redesigned by the architect Delphine Carrère, based in Biarritz. The contemporary architecture relies on the raw sobriety of wood and concrete, in a sophisticated and relaxed redesign of the building.

From a recent construction still under decennial guarantee, the architect Delphine Carrère, has redesigned the existing plan of the interiors, while adding two extensions on either side of the house. The vacation home is 90% of his agency’s projects, projects boosted by the pandemic and the resulting life changes. Four hotels are also on the agenda of this architect, anchored between the Basque Country and the beginning of the Landes. The house in the pines is located in the district of Ciberta, in Anglet, “We completely renovated it, from floor to ceiling, created two extensions, the pool and the terraces, redesigned the volumes except for the staircase and the large concrete wall that separates the day space from the night space.” Objective for the owners, a family from the north of France: to live in accordance with the simple way of life and the softness of the sea. Very quickly, the choice of materials was imposed in a restricted palette, sublimated by the natural light: wood, in order to insert the whole project in the environment, and concrete, the material of the original house.

Gaëlle Le Boulicaut
Gaëlle Le Boulicaut

A renovation to open up the volumes


On the same level as the pool and terraces, the volumes are opened by large sliding windows while the living room and dining room find their place, naturally. A partial floor discreetly expands the house, with an additional bedroom, a common bathroom and a dormitory for the children. The materials, waxed concrete for the floor linking the living room and dining room, wood in all its shades, create unity in an easy to live with atmosphere. “Our showroom in Biarritz is an opportunity for clients to find proposals and advice, such as the De La Espada tables and chairs, and Bomma hanging lamps. Delphine Carrère has taken care of the lighting in artificial light, recessed or in hollow joints, so that they respond to the interior architecture.

Gaëlle Le Boulicaut

Fondue in nature


From the 1500 m2 of land, the beautiful work done by the landscape designer Michel Mendiboure harmonizes habitat and environment. By mixing local species and redesigning the garden around the existing cork oak, the The renovation of the pine house finds a new lease on life near the pool, in keeping with the aged and treated Canadian pine siding.

Anne Swynghedauw

Gaëlle Le Boulicaut