Racecourse house, Marcq-en-Baroeul, France Launch video

Clément Berton

Architect Agency
Clément Berton Architecte

Metal Builder

Product solutions used
SOLEAL windows and doors and LUMEAL sliders

Thomas Duhamel

"It has been decided to award the prize to this project for the renovation of the main floor and the addition of an extra floor built with existing materials applied in a different way. The idea of showing how the house develops over time is very much appreciated."

Jury comments



Originally occupying a surface of 90 m², the building had narrow floors scattered on two levels and small openings. The new owners asked CLEMENT BERTON ARCHITECTE agency to renovate and extend this villa, keeping the same size of the garden plot. The architect proposed to add a floor and to rearrange the existing space.

The ground level hosts the entrance hall, various amenities, the kitchen and an office. On the first floor there is a large living room that serves both as a lounge and a dining room. The 45 m² top floor houses three bedrooms and facilities. The extension is well integrated into the urban environment, with long rows of houses typical from this part of France. The main asset of this house resides in its positioning with three orientations. The sun travels from East to West throughout the day.

The architect decided to create large openings on all three sides to benefit from the views. On the garden side of the ground floor, the metal builder CONSTRU installed a glued corner frame and an external sliding window. This motorised frame was developed from a LUMEAL slider. Its patented "mid-tunnel" installation makes it possible to conceal the aluminium from the inside and to slide the leaf to the outside, - the living room and the dining room offer distant views of the trees along the avenue to the South, and of the race track and golf course to the East, thanks to a 1.5 m long SOLEAL corner window on the short side and 4 m long on the long side, - on the upper floor, three new square windows are aligned with those of the floors below.

The TECHNAL joineries meet the different uses imagined for the house. They are installed at seat height to create benches in the living room and kitchen.  All the frames are concealed in order to reinforce the purity of the lines, as well as the connection between inside and outside. The architect chose anodised aluminium for the profiles, a colour that he considers timeless, durable and well assorted with materials. The light-coloured profiles also contrast with the brick.