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Floating House

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Denis Daversin, Jean-Marie Finot
location Chatou
function atelier, boat house
contributed by Naomi

A studio for resident artists and authors invited by the Cneai, national contemporary art center for publication, realized together with architects Jean-Marie Finot and Denis Daversin. The simple lines of the structure are a pragmatic and poetic answer to a thin budget. An aluminum skin enveloped by a wooden trellis delimits the long alcove on the rectangular platform (23x5m). On 110m2, life and work are articulated around different spaces. Large flower pots on the terraces are the starting points of creepers that should invade the walls and roof. Plants will recover the whole, thus integrating the building within the landscape of the shores and providing further intimacy to the residents. Moored to the impressionists’ island in Chatou, the house softly sways to the rhythm of the Seine’s swirls. From inside the studio, the picturesque landscape that inspired Renoir’s “Déjeuner des canotiers”, 1881, is visible everywhere, blurred by the mirroring surface of the river.

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Floating House
Ile des impressionnistes
Project is public!
Opening hours Saturday and Sunday at 15:00u, open for the public.
How to get there? by train: 20 minutes from charles de gaulle-étoile station. take the rer A, exit at rueil-malmaison, take rue des deux gares, follow directions to chatou, cross the bridge pont de chatou to arrive on the island. by car: 15 minutes from porte maillot. take the A86 in the direction of saint-germain-en-laye, exit at chatou, after 100 meters, turn right on the bridge onto the island
Completion 2006
Floor area/size 110 m2
Main designer, Interior architectRonan & Erwan Bouroullec
ArchitectDenis Daversin
ArchitectJean-Marie Finot
Client CNEAI - Centre National de l'estampe et de l'art imprimé
Project ID 558
Latitude/Longitude 48°53'22N 02°09'49E
Contributed by Naomi
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