ISSUE 6  |  French Connection

The World Is His Oyster: A Modern Fishing Shack by the Sea

February 13, 2015 10:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

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Leave it to the French to devise the world’s most elegant oyster shack (complete with office and dining areas), located on a waterfront site in the south of Brittany.

Raum Architects, a studio founded in 2007 by Benjamin and Julien Boré Perraud (graduates of the School of Architecture in Nantes), designed the structure as a temporary dwelling and workspace for an oyster farmer. The building is composed of two areas: an office/lounge space with a kitchen and dining area and a loftlike hangar for oyster processing. The two wings are connected by an outdoor dining patio area.

Photography by Audrey Cerdan via Design Boom.

Above: A reading niche overlooks the coastal landscape.

Above: Sliding glass doors open onto the dining patio; a ladder leads to the rooftop patio.

Above: Two modular kitchen islands house a sink and a cooktop.

Above: A single wood space heater heats the entire interior.

Above: Translucent panels cover the house’s wood frame allowing light to flood the workspace.

Above: The polished concrete floor can be easily hosed down.

Above: A rooftop deck offers another space for plein-air dining.

Above: A living roof provides insulation.

Above: The exterior is clad in black-stained wood siding.

Above: A detail of the translucent panels that allow light to filter into the workshop.

Above: An exterior elevation.

Enjoying the cult of the oyster? Steal This Look: A Parisian Oyster Party and check out these Northern California restaurants: Saltwater in Inverness and Anchor & Hope. In Seattle, catch up with an Oyster Bar on Wheels.

We’re finding ourselves fascinated by black-painted houses: Explore more noirish dwellings in 10 Modern Houses Gone to the Dark Side.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original ran on January 26, 2013, as part of our In the Library issue.