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The Girolle houses

Agency of Arcachon / Cap-Ferret
Posted on 01/06/21

This unprecedented period, which puts us to the test, nevertheless offers us the opportunity to enjoy the passing of time and to express our creativity. Omnipresent, it affects all sectors and everyone tries to rethink their world from a different perspective, often associating an act of resistance...

Others before us have also gone through periods of uncertainty and have been led to revisit their way of life by reinventing themselves.

This "heritage" of change is now a true source of inspiration... It is with this in mind that we wanted to share with you, through this article, the work and philosophy that animated the Bordeaux architecture of Pierre Lajus and his illustrious associates Salier, Courtois and Sadirac in the middle of the 1960s.

At that time, second homes were booming and they imagined "the ideal holiday home accessible to all": La Girolle, which grew up on the Gironde coast and more particularly on the Bay of Arcachon.

Do you know La Girolle?

It was a concept of modular houses designed to be extended thanks to a system of bays that can be adapted to each family. The challenge of this project was to create an economical, ecological, modern and fusional habitat with its environment.

The main principles of the Girolle are clear. First of all, it is characterized by a compact plan, without corridors. All the rooms are distributed from a living room and are prefabricated in workshops. The interior layout is also thought out in minute detail, from the kitchen to the bathrooms, more than a house it is a real concept that is born.

Its manufacture, requires three or four months of construction against one year for the traditional houses what contributes largely to the success of the Girolle which counts today, 55 years after the 1st unit, nearly 700 houses...

Most of them have been renovated but still retain their original structure and one company even has the exclusive right to manufacture them and thus perpetuate the work of Pierre Lajus.


photo link: https://www.habitees.fr/plan-de-maison-girolle/

photo link: http: //lala-architectes.com/realisation/la-maison-girolle

photo link: https://www.bienici.com/annonce/vente/arsac/maison/4pieces/immo-facile-40895215

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