Even in the frequently dazzling light of the South of France many owners and designers now use massive sheets of glass to link houses seamlessly to their gardens and to expose views in a way that was unheard of in the past.
Two Belgian designers took on the challenge of rebuilding these two traditional stuccoed houses, set on a hillside above St Tropez, which they have linked by a new double-height central block.
From the outside very little appears to have changed, but internally sheet of glass have been employed in the form of screens, replacing either whole walls or sections of walls, and doors are made of tall panels of glass with simple flat frames, Colour and texture variations are achieved by the use of dark and light woods (mainly cedar) for wall paneling, headboards, bathroom cupboards, doors, tables, and window frames.
Furniture is contemporary or by well-known Art Nouveau designers. A Grey-tiled swimming-pool is set on a terrace below the house, enclosed by tightly clipped hedges, and from the front of the house there are superb views of the sea.