ISSUE 77  |  Summerhouse

Architect Visit: Belgian Luxury on the Côte d’Azur

June 21, 2013 9:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroeck brings understated Northern European glamor to the French Riviera; Cap d’Antibes in the Côte d’Azur.

From F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Cap d’Antibes has long been associated with a gilded crowd. Enter Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroeck (an alumnus of the Belgian patriarch of understatement Vincent van Duysen) with his minimal concrete ‘S’ house, and the result is a bling so quiet you have to strain to hear it against the lull of the clear blue Mediterranean waters beyond.

Photography by Julien Clasessens and Thomas Deschamps via Yatzer

Above: The single-story minimalist holiday home looks out onto the Mediterranean.

Above: With a neutral palette and natural materials, Schuybroeck creates warmth in a concrete house.

Above: Meticulous detailing allows the bedroom wall to run continuously from the interior to the exterior.

Above: Storage in the bedroom is concealed behind exquisitely detailed floor to ceiling doors. 

Above: Concrete screed walls and flooring create a sculptured space.

Above: With minimalism, luxury comes down to the craft with which the structure is detailed and built.

Above: Natural daylight provided by a skylight above the shower adds to the sculptured effect of the space. 

Above: Serenity at night.

Above: The simple plan of the house is one of shifting planes and fluid space.

Above: The simple elevation belies the luxury of the interior.  

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