20th c. architecture for sale in france rhône monts d'or

A designer villa, steeped in art and the work of Ciesla,
in the midst of the Mont-d'Or mountains in the French department of Rhône
Lyon, RHONE rhones-alps 69000 FR


In one of the dozen villages nestling in the Mont-d’Or mountains, on the northern periphery of the urban area around Lyon, characterised by unspoilt nature areas. Often known as “Lyon’s lung”, the commune is free of pollution. This countrified farming area is ideal for hiking and the joys of nature.
Just a few minutes from a slip road for the A6 motorway, 20 minutes from the town centre of the Gauls’ former capital and the TGV train station, some 30 minutes from the international airport. A bus route connects the communes in the Mont-d’Or mountains to Vaise station, a communication hub in Lyon’s 9th arrondissement, and provides access to secondary schools as well as sixth form colleges. Geneva is less than two hours away by car.


This villa stands in the midst of parklands, spanning approx. 4,000 m² on the edge of a wood, and dominates the Saône Valley. The exceptional view stretches as far as the Alps and Mont-Blanc on a clear day. The vast garden was landscaped and planted by a landscape gardener from Tarvel in Lyon in keeping with the villa’s architecture and the inside-outside principle. Several terraces have, therefore, been laid out as extensions of the interiors with low walls guiding the eye to the natural surroundings. This villa was constructed in 1980 in accordance with plans drawn up by local architect Coudert. Several renowned artists were involved in its design and its decoration, notably Josef-Ciesla, known for works referring to nature. In his work, he mixes materials such as steel, principally stainless steel, wood and stone, amongst others.
A construction at the entrance to the property houses two garages and a workshop.

The villa

This villa, true to the very definition of natural architecture, links man to the world of nature through the use of light, shade, horizons, trees and flowers. Built over a basement housing workshops, it spans two levels. It blends in with its natural surroundings by following the relief of the parklands and is constructed from Crémieu stone and concrete. Wide openings, such as open walls, let in copious amounts of light and invite vegetation into the building. “Light awakens and reveals architecture and heritage” according to Alain-Guilhot, the light designer who worked on Lyon’s first lighting plan as well as all around the world. He designed the villa’s lighting system which enhances all of Ciesla’s works integrated into the premises.

Ground floor
The interior layout of the villa is, in keeping with the principle of natural architecture, constructed so as to create successive emotions. The entrance hall is marked by a wide opening, stretching from one wall to another. One of the stone walls acts as the continuity of the outside towards the inside. The entire level is covered with Solnhofen stone. The vestibule provides access, on one side, to a lounge and, on the other, to a dining room and a kitchen. It houses a Buxy stone spiral stairway, with flamed stainless steel railings sculpted by Ciesla. At the end, separated by two steps, the vestibule leads to two bedrooms as well as a laundry room, a wine cellar, a shower room and a toilet. An interior garden, in front of a glazed opening and facing the opening in the entrance hall, is based on the theme of Douanier-Rousseau.
The dining room, reached via three steps, is illuminated by a completely glazed wall featuring a central solid stone pillar which reassures given the infinite view. This room communicates with the kitchen. The interior-exterior continuity makes it inseparable from a half-covered terrace outside where an abundant wisteria covers a stone wall.
The extremely deep lounge, on the other side of the vestibule, stretches out on split levels around a Buxy (Burgundy) stone fireplace. The openings looking out over the garden are numerous and several planters, set in the ground with built-in water reservoirs, create another, indoors. Trees grow under the high slope of the roof which also accommodates a mezzanine. The notion of depth is important in widely open buildings as the penetration of light and the gardens laid out inside the house give rise to a converse need, that of protection. Consequently, cosy areas have been included in the lounge to meet such needs: one around the fireplace, another in front of the aquarium which contains a still life by Ciesla and the last in front of the opening, from one wall of the lounge to another, providing a spectacular view of the garden. The side walls flank the landscape of the gardens - a flower, a rock -, and distant views just like paintings.
A fresco painted on a wall by Ciesla goes harmoniously with another of his works on the corner of the passageway leading from the vestibule to the lounge. Resembling a climbing plant, it is made of flamed stainless steel.

First floor
The spiral stairway goes up to a small, cosy lounge-library, illuminated by filtered light from the opening on the mezzanine above the lounge. It is decorated by the stairway balustrade created by the sculptor from flamed stainless steel. It provides access to two large bedrooms, a vast bathroom and the attics.

The parklands and the garages

The parklands were laid out and landscaped in keeping with the same philosophy as the interior by mixing features, nature, wood and stone. Vegetation surrounding the villa, notably tall trees, appears to protect the premises. Rocks, forming large paving slabs, come from the quarries of Mont-Verdun, one of the Mont-d'Or mountains, and sculpt the relief. Flights of steps made of stone or wood create pathways around the villa. Several terraces, exuding different atmospheres, are living areas laid out outside. An amphitheatre has been created in order to house a future swimming pool, the water coming from a functioning well.
A construction combining stone and concrete stands at the entrance to the property. Housing two garages and a workshop, it spans a floor surface area of approx. 33 m². An alleyway covered with old paving stones links these garages to the villa.

Our opinion

The Mont-d'Or mountains, just a few kilometres from the town centre, look down on the urban area around Lyon and face the Saône Valley and the Dauphiné province, with the Alps in the distance on a clear day. Although the authentic countryside has been preserved, wealthy properties have been constructed on these slopes and this house is in the midst of these two realities. It seeks to blend in with the topography and the vegetation and yet reflects daring and decorative architecture. It features an essential quality for the new residents as the contemporary living spaces, in their fluidity between the inside and the outside, are made to be modified and even extended should it prove necessary. “Natural architecture” has found the ideal spot here for implementing its main concepts.

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Reference 229670

Land registry surface area 4054 m2
Main building surface area 232 m2
Outbuilding surface area 33 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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