Marly House / Karawitz architects

On a tree-lined street in Marly-le-Roi a small community very close to Paris where high fences traditionally isolate each house and its garden, there is a house which reaches out to its neighbors creating a feeling of urbanity previously lacking on these parts.

Marly house / karawitz architects
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Because urban policy does not allow one house to open up to another to achieve the openness effect, this house is moved forward its parcel to open widely onto the street. A perforated galvanized-steel fence allows the passers-by to look in at the garden, which actually runs under the house that seems to levitate on its plot.

Marly house / karawitz architects
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It is also an invitation to enter: the access is made from this underground level beneath the actual house, where the firewood is stored and the car parked. The layout of the ground floor is characterized by the fluidity of its three spaces, which are organized around the central fireplace, which alone endures the entire heating of this passive house.

Marly house / karawitz architects
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The kitchen and an intimate living room are located on either side of the carved staircase of a single piece of prefabricated steel, while two steps higher a living room crossing opens onto a vast terrace with a cantilever onto the street.

Marly house / karawitz architects
© Schnepp Renou
Marly house / karawitz architects
© Schnepp Renou

This house blurs the boundaries between private and public to the benefit of user-friendly rooms that also open onto the outside.

Marly house / karawitz architects
© Schnepp Renou
Marly house / karawitz architects
© Schnepp Renou

The privacy of the inhabitants is maintained in the upper level rooms by high windows, which direct the view skywards. Throughout the house raw materials (steel and concrete) are left exposed creating a sense of authenticity for this 145 m2 solid wood CLT prefabricated house.

Marly house / karawitz architects
© Schnepp Renou

Everything is a pretext to awaken the curiosity of the passers-by, the pre-grayed larch cladding that envelops the whole thing right up to the rafts, thanks to the absence of covers, to the fold of the main facade – which opens a perspective towards the garden . The house really does seem to have achieved the lofty dream it was targeting with such clarity.

Project Details:

Location: Marly le Roi, France
Area: 145 sqm
Architects: Karawitz architects
Photographs: Schnepp Renou

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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