2 hours from Paris, 30 minutes from Germany and Luxemburg
Near to Briey, a small, charming, historic town in the Duchy of Lorraine, in the middle of Lorraine’s former coal-mining and steel-working area. A short distance from the regional metropolis of Metz, a university town with outstanding economic and cultural heritage.
Metz has 85-minute, direct, daily links with the French capital. In the immediate vicinity, the extremely dense motorway network forms a communications crossroads to Germany and Luxemburg, the borders of which are but a few dozen kilometres away, as well as to Belgium, the north of France and the Netherlands.
A little way away from the “Radiant City” stands this building which originally housed the boiler room. Completely isolated in the forest, this cubic boiler room, designed like the City by Le-Corbusier, was run on coal. Decommissioned and abandoned after the installation of a boiler room within the actual “Radiant City” building, it was purchased in its original condition by its current owner.
Following audacious and highly successful renovation/transformation works, this home is now extremely representative of architecture dating from the middle of the 20th century and a typical example of Le-Corbusier’s work. The classification of the building as a French Historic Monument, like the rest of the “Radiant City”, is a recent recompense for the magnificent work that has been accomplished.
Surrounded on all sides by the forest that extends to the north of Briey, the building is eye-catching with its four high white concrete walls. These, with seven inward-turning buttresses, being the only load-bearing walls. Built as a squat rectangle, its straight, smooth facades are adorned with a small prominent plain building, known as the “veranda”, on the south-west side. Its metallic structure, coming approx. half-way up the main building, is partially glazed on two sides, a concrete curtain wall forming the third side.
The house is surrounded on the other sides, in its upper section just below the roof-terrace, by a series of picture windows that provide a panoramic view over the surroundings.
This house comprises two levels and an intermediary platform consisting of a balcony mezzanine overlooking the lower level. The lack of load-bearing structures inside the building means that a vast open living space that is easy to move around can be created on each of its levels.
The total surface area of the property spans 1,452 m², with a superb lush garden surrounding the building.
At the end of a short corridor, what was one of the old boiler room’s doors provides access to a vast space of approx. 140 m², with a smooth concrete floor, illuminated via artificial light as well as via an opening made near the prominent “veranda”.
This vast space currently accommodates the collections of the resident artist, but could be transformed into a landscaped office, a function room or an exhibition hall. It adjoins three small rooms that comprise a toilet, a storage room and a machine room.
The “veranda” forms a rectangular room which extend one of its corners, providing a warm, cosy area that could be used as a lounge or a bar.
This recently created mezzanine floor provides an intermediary balcony area that looks down on to the vast ground floor and increases the amount of available living space. The floor surface area provided by this mezzanine has been transformed into a large, 25 m² bedroom and a shower room, rented as part of a bed & breakfast activity.
The upstairs comprises all the living rooms. It forms a large flat, totally surrounded by wide picture windows that give an outstanding, dominant view of the forest around the house. As this entire floor, spanning a surface area of approx. 140 m², faces all four points of the compass, it is steeped in light. Hence, the very special impression given to visitors when they reach this large open space, more than half of which comprises a study, a lounge and a dining room. The forest in the background is the only perspective provided for residents. It forms a striking pictorial decor which, combined with the gentle hues of the parquet flooring, is infinitely restful. An American-style kitchen further extends the space. The two large bedrooms both face south.
All the fixtures and fittings are of a good quality.
“Where there is order, there is harmony”, said the Master. This “genuine piece” of his work, characteristic of an entire 20th century architectural trend, stands in a peaceful forest setting, right next to a small, charming, lively town in the Lorraine region.
The building essentially provides multi-functional spaces able to accommodate a wide range of projects, including that of a family home in an extremely pleasant residential area, with the feeling of living in a forest lodge.
Be that as it may, courtesy of its unique, symbolic character, it is an integral part of Lorraine’s architectural heritage.
|Land registry surface area||1452 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||2|
|Main building surface area||335 m2|
Gilles Larosée +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.