Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek of NS Architects has recently completed a remarkable minimalist single storey holiday house in the South of France. Situated in the Mediterranean on the Côte d'Azur, more specifically in Cap d’ Antibes, this is modern architecture at its finest; linear, geometric, elegant and stunningly beautiful, it artfully integrates into and adapts to its surrounding environment.
The single-family house which is located in a landscape of unique beauty holds prime position where it looks out onto the natural milieu of the Mediterranean Sea and the Lérins Islands. Schuybroek’s accomplishment is in both merging and juxtaposing the strong use of concrete with the surrounding lush environment. The single storey linear S House conceived as a volume positioned in its sea-side setting is indeed a volume which provides a sense of constructive continuity with large openings for enjoying pool and sea-side views.
Inside, the same minimal scheme as the exterior architecture, is followed. Screed cement flooring and walls further accentuate simple lines and geometric spaces. Abundant natural light floods inside throughout even through cleverly positioned skylights above the two master bedrooms’ shower stalls and the WC. Furniture in neutral tones and wood-finishes only add to the overall minimalist scheme of the S House. A unique residence with exterior and interior elements which have been prudently designed in order to preserve a balance and soften the harshness which concrete can sometimes exude to some, this is a house where simple and honest linear architecture is seamlessly incorporated into the equally remarkable landscape of the stunning Mediterranean.
Having seen Nicolas Schuybroek’s work we now understand why the latest edition of AD France-Collector 2013 has listed his firm NS Architects as one of the 100 best interior design firms.