This small house is set just beyond the woodlands of Meuse in Saint-Bresson, France. The property has been designed in a collaborative effort by two local architecture firms, Spray Architecture and Gabrielle Vella-Boucaud. Their aim was to create a contemporary home for two artists.
The project is referred to as “Un Dernier Voyage”. My French is very rusty, but Google translates that as “A Last Voyage”. The dwelling measures approximately 19.6-by-65.6 feet (6-by-20 meters) and has an internal floor area of 1,184 square feet (110 square meters).
The exterior appearance of the unit is sympathetic to its main construction material – steel. The house makes use of metal construction throughout, much of which has been left exposed in the living areas, like the steel beams and lightweight metal roof. The overall structure is formed using shipping containers.
The architects attempted to frame certain views of the landscape through the positioning and sizing of windows. However they aren’t just used for outward views. In places, the windows also act almost like a viewing gallery for the owners own sculptures.
The floor plan is divided up into a series of rooms along its length, with one end of the home containing a connecting corridor. The east side features an open plan living room, dining area and kitchen. This is followed by a bathroom and laundry area, the main bedroom, and a second lounge.
There are no less than six doors leading out the the exterior deck (positioned at the front and back of the home). From the architects: “Un Dernier voyage is a raw housing, in a wild landscape, which echo the long travels made by the containers given up by shipping companies.”
For more container homes check out Sol Van Kempen, an off-grid eco home in set in the outskirts of Amsterdam. Or, SW Living Spaces container home that places emphasis on functionality. See all container homes.