Une Maison sur la Maison
by THE Architectes

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Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

A mysterious black gable frames two new bedrooms on the roof of a house in the outskirts of Paris.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Designed by French studio THE Architectes, the black-painted timber extension contrasts with the clay tiles and white render of the house's walls and roof.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

The slope of the gable matches the angle of the existing pitched roof.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Skylights bring daylight into each of the new bedrooms and wooden beams are exposed on the ceilings.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Horizontal louvres shade the window on the southern side, while the window on the northern side is left exposed.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

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Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Photography is by Nicolas Fussler.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Below is a project description from THE Architectes:


This project in La Varenne Saint Hilaire by French office THE Architectes consists of a rooftop house extension to add two new bedrooms.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

The idea of the project was to put a new object over the existing house.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

All cladded in wood, the materiality of the extension really stands out from the masonry and the tiles of the existing house.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Still the iconic pitched roof of the extension recalls the architecture of the existing house. Thus the project is clearly contemporary but is in relation with the existing architecture in a rather subtle way.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

The house is made in timber frame and all cladded in black wood.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

The southern facade is protected from overheating by horizontal wooden sun breakers also painted in black.

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Ground floor plan - click above for larger image

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

South elevation- click above for larger image

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

East elevation- click above for larger image

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

North elevation- click above for larger image

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

West elevation- click above for larger image

Une Maison sur la Maison by THE Architectes

Axonometric - click above for larger image

  • mrswoo

    I must say if that had been my house after building the lovely extension I would have gone the extra mile and had some modern metal work made and the crazy paving removed.

    Unless the architectural ironwork is now viewed as ironic.

    • dezy

      I totally agree. And no, it isn't ironic.

  • majchers

    Very brave approach. Well done! Congrats.