Contemporary house

Robert Gervais




110 m²
Garden: 1 200 m²
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms


A contemporary building in Normandy

Designed in 2013 by interior designer Robert Gervais, this house is a fine example of contemporary timber-frame construction with a green roof. It illustrates the renaissance of wood in home architecture, used for its constructive, environmental and aesthetic qualities.

Set in the heart of nature, this house spans 110 m² over two levels. The ground floor comprises an open-plan kitchen, a dining room, a large living room with a double-height section and a shower room. The first floor has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a study and a pleasant mezzanine with a passageway. The house is spacious, light and well laid out.

This beautifully crafted, polychromatic red cedar cube brings to life an idyllic “dream cabin”, ideally located on the Côte d’Albâtre.

Located in Haute-Normandie, this house is in Quiberville, between the cliffs and the Normandy bocage. It is just a ten-minute walk from the village and the sea. The house is close to the famous village of Varengeville-sur-Mer, a favourite haunt of painters and writers, and home to artists such as Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Georges Braque and André Breton.

A green setting

The house is surrounded by a magnificent garden designed by the Kiberdesign agency, forming a veritable showcase of 1,200 m². It features large glass façades that reflect the omnipresent natural surroundings and allow light to flood into the various rooms.

Robert Gervais

Trained at the Ecole des Beaux-arts, Robert Gervais (1964) is a talented interior architect and designer.

He began his career with Andrée Putman at Ecart International, where he developed his interest in quality materials and manufacturing processes.In January 1996, he came to the attention of the Maison et Objets trade fair for his exhibition set designs, before going on to design his first pure collections of furniture, at the time of the creation of the Au fond de l’allée brand, and of lighting, in a range of exclusive colours for Jieldé, in 1999. In 2000 and 2013, he was artistic director of two complete collections of mineral paints, the Cohérence and Confluence collections for the Ressources brand, which often calls on different artists to create colour ranges. In 2010, the luxury ready-to-wear brand Lilith entrusted him with the identity concept for its boutiques, the first of which is located on rue Vieille du Temple in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

At the same time, he works as an interior architect and designer for private clients in Paris and the surrounding region. He renovates interiors, works with colour and designs furniture, with the aim of creating functional spaces with a strong visual identity.

For this house project, he focused on the relationship with the site. He adopted simple lines and natural materials, favouring the use of wood and colour to integrate the house into its environment: the Normandy bocage and its holiday-style workshop houses.

This house is part of the revival of wooden architecture, which the architects of the Modern Movement had abandoned. This light, environmentally-friendly material, which allows the house to blend in better with its natural surroundings, has been the subject of renewed interest from many architects in recent years.

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Robert Gervais


Near Quiberville (76)