In the wooded Vosges mountains, about 80 kilometers from Nancy, France, is the Maison du Docteur Gauthier, a remarkable two-level house that combines industrial and rustic design. The historic property dates back to the early 1960s when Jean Prouvé designed it for his daughter, Françoise, and her husband.
Sporting the distinctive marks of the self-taught architect and designer, the house is wrapped in ribbed aluminum and topped with a flat corrugated iron roof. Large windows punctuate its metal sides with curved edges, which complement the wood panels overhanging the structure’s roofline.
“With its very clean, very sober lines, this villa is the perfect synthesis of the designer’s ideas in terms of construction techniques”, notes the listing agent Gilles Larosée. “It is, along with Prouvé’s own house in Nancy, one of his most personal architectural works, and it is known the world over.
From the entrance, a wide hall leads to open living spaces on the upper level, which are subtly divided by U-shaped cross beams. In the central family room, a trapezoidal Prouvé fireplace, the original of the dwelling, makes homage to the designer while enhancing the space with an aesthetic that is both refined and warm.
“With the terracotta floor tiles and the slatted parquet ceiling, the spacious [family] room immediately evokes the idea of a welcoming and comfortable place to live, ”adds Larosée. A picture window spanning the length of one of the walls frames picturesque views while letting in natural light inside.
In total, the residence has five bedrooms, three of which are located opposite the living spaces. The lower level houses the additional bedrooms, as well as a workshop and a bathroom. Outside, a lush garden awaits you, presenting a serene natural oasis surrounded by thick forests. Scroll forward to see more of the property, now listed for € 1,484,000.