House on the pond – France

This small holiday home is located on the edge of the forest between two ponds in the Territoire de Belfort in France. The previous house dated back to the 1970s and was in poor condition and no longer met the needs of the owners. The site was re-imagined by Foeldvary Staehelin architects with the new design of the building optimising comfort, simplicity and serenity.
The floor plan is designed to be as open and transparent as possible, to provide different views towards the surrounding environment. The rooms can be separated into different spaces with sliding elements when needed.
The vertically structured wooden facade with shutters completely closes the building and terrace when the owners are absent. At the same time, they not only serve as privacy screens but also as sun protection adapting to changing needs during the daytime, bathing the interior in different lighting moods.
The terrace along the glass façade serves as the main entrance. Inside, sliding doors zone the floor plan for living, sleeping, and bathing. A gallery, which is accessible via a ladder, offers additional sleeping and storage space. Thick walls, hide shelves and cupboards next to the sliding doors.
The holiday home is located outside the village and is for the most part off the grid. Solar panels on the roof generate electricity, an underground cistern collects rainwater from the roof to be used in the house. In dry periods, water can even be pumped out of one of the ponds whilst the wood-burning stove heats on long weekends in winter.

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