French architectural practice Artelabo designed a quiet home named Villa Tranquille, located on a tiny plot of land at the heart of the Hérault Valley in the south of France.
The house is secluded by four internal courtyards and has a completely enclosed structure on three sides. To take advantage of the location, the architects oriented all the large windows openings towards the beautiful landscape. This organization provides its residents with great privacy; meanwhile, the courtyards ensure sufficient quantity of daylight. The overall geometry of this home is based on a repeated sequence of four volumes.
Seated behind a peripheral wall, each volume is paired with an adjacent courtyard. The house is well suited for an active family and encourages outdoor living. Inside, a system of sliding doors is aligned to create an enfilade, while the same flooring used throughout the house helps to blur the division between indoor and outdoor space.
A white cement render and its external shape refer to the archetypal image of a French provincial villa, what makes the Villa Tranquille perfect match for the surroundings.