Private library offers retreat on the Norman shores
On the picturesque seaside of Senneville-sur-Fécamp, Haute-Normandie, a black timber box appears adjacent to a traditional stone house. Complementing a family home and designed by Antonin Ziegler, the simple square structure is void of any connotations and bears no reference to the French countryside or the functions it is housing. Even though that becomes evident already from a distance. While the garage downstairs is modestly hidden behind the plywood shell, the huge window of the upper floor gives a glorious view of a private library. The glass panel has a double function; while it puts the impressive pile of books on display adding a spectacular sight to the villagescape, it also provides a splendid view of the hills and the shore from the inside.
Although showing off the collection might seem a little bit excessive, the library was intended to be anything but loud. The feeling of openness evoked by the nonstandard size of the window rather celebrates a unity with nature and serves as a trigger for tranquil contemplation. The interior clad completely in pale plywood and books from floor to ceiling grants a surprisingly warm atmosphere. The bleak black box thus offers a real retreat when storms hit the sea, and makes sure that the owners experience the sublime forces of nature from a safe nest.
Photos: Antonin Ziegler
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