South of France
Designed and built between 2015 and 2017 by Pierre Minassian and his team of architects, La Mira Ra house, which is located in the South of France, is the result of a long reflection about the marriage between wild Mediterranean nature and minimalist contemporary architecture.
Integrating the project in its environment and establishing a dialogue between construction and nature were the two key elements the architects had in mind during the designing process of the project.
The private domain where the house is located is a classified site, which leads to a number of obligations for architects, such as the use of local stones. This requirement coupled with the love of Pierre Minassian for raw concrete gave birth to a design that embraces both materials.
The stone is used to wrap the house from the outside so as to melt it into its rocky environment : the palette of colors on the walls matches the colours of the soil and reflects the sun rays with a warm glow.
The inner shell is made of raw concrete so as to create a sober and calm atmosphere – its smooth surfaces reflecting the light rays penetrating into the house at sunset. By leaving the walls and ceiling bare Pierre Minassian wanted to let the raw concrete reveal its identity – each surface proudly showing its peculiarities and imperfections.