This architect’s home and workshop offer a slice of rural Burgundian life – and a creative renovation challenge for the right owner.
Built in 1964 and incorporating a stone barn, the two-storey live/work property is located outside the little village of Proche Noyers-sur-Serein. The picture-postcard hamlet on the river Serein is feted for its medieval architecture. The French property plays with this architectural heritage, juxtaposing historic stone with rugged concrete, timber and terracotta tiling.
The living room sits within its sloping lean-to, with a glass wall opening onto the garden. Its brickwork has been lightly whitewashed, amplifying the height of the space, which is topped by a pitched timber roof with skylights that create pools of light along the top of the wall.
A broad fireplace with built-in brick benches is a divider between the kitchen and dining area (complete with a colossal dining table with tubular steel bases) and the living room. Meanwhile, timber stairs lead to the attic space, a workshop or bedroom in a semi-finished state, with a raised sleeping area, extensive built-in bookcases, and exposed beams. (There’s also a second workshop on the ground floor, with independent access.)
The three-bedroom Proche Noyers-sur-Serein property is for sale via Architecture de Collection for €390,000, around 2 hours drive from Paris.