Live like an architect at this sustainable home in northeastern France

A rustic retreat designed around its vistas

Timber and glass combine at this architect’s home, on the edge of Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park in northeast France.

The 1,292 sq ft house was built by its architect owner Michaël Osswald in 2006 close to Saverne and is conceived as a duo of stacked volumes connected by a spiral staircase. The bottom module contains free-flowing living areas, while the upper volume houses three bedrooms – two of which have in-built sleeping platforms.

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows peek onto the French property’s nine-acre grounds from the split-level living room, which is fitted with a wood-burning stove and opens onto a wooden deck via sliding doors. Meanwhile, rustic interiors feature raw timber walls, ceilings and floors, and custom cabinetry.

On the market via Espaces Atypiques for €360,000, the eco-home is also energy efficient: it has a geothermal system for passive heating and cooling, and a green roof with solar panels to keep the sleeping module warm.

Via Espaces Atypiques
Via Espaces Atypiques
Via Espaces Atypiques
Via Espaces Atypiques

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