Property of the week: a sun-drenched cliff house in Provence

Where to soak up some rays

Crowned by a rooftop pool overlooking the mountains, this Bauhaus-inspired home designed by Jean-Paul Bonnemaison blends into the hillside in Vaucluse, Provence.

‘The basis for the design of a house is light,’ the French architect once declared. This villa – which sits above the village of Le Beaucet – is a case in point. Windows and doors have been perfectly positioned to catch the sun as it moves across the sky, bathing the building’s crisp white interiors in light.

Openings across the Provence property – on the market via L’Exploreur – are fitted with accordion shutters inspired by artist Pierre Soulages. Their water-jet cut slits create intricate shadows inside the house’s interiors – an ever-changing natural artwork.

The main living space is a minimal volume accessed by an enormous gilded bronze door. A seating area occupies one end of the room, complete with wood burning fireplace and a mezzanine level snug, and a dining area the other.

Provence property for sale
Photography: Jérôme Fleurier

A white steel staircase floats its way up to two bedrooms and a study (two more bedrooms can be found in an annex to the north of the main house).

Up another level of the Provence property, the rooftop terrace and swimming pool merge with the topography of the hillside. The pool’s glass siding refracts light into the living room below, and allows bathers to peek inside the house while taking a dip.

Provence property for sale
Photography: Jérôme Fleurier

Numerous patios and terraces dot the property, branching off bedrooms, the kitchen and dining areas, and in all, there’s around 6,000 sqm of landscaped grounds that come with the house. For buyers looking to make their own stamp on the land, a further 2,000 sqm is also for sale at the bottom of the hill which could fit a guest-house…

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