In the middle of a small town Uzes in the gorgeous South of France stands the Unal House, a testimony to Claude Haüsermann’s radical architectural brand. The Unal House is a ‘Bubble House’, made up of not sharp right-angled edges but circles and spheres. It’s also an exemplar of “Sculpted Architecture”, a structure which blurs the boundary between the two. A Bubble house was a revolutionary attempt to maximize usage of space in a house. For the same amount of area, a bubble house can help in reducing the footprint of walls and roofs by nearly 38% giving any living space a much larger feel to it as compared to a traditional house. At the essence of its concept the Unal house is an economical house.
The house has an entrance, a living-room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a third with patio, two bathrooms, a living-room/workshop, a resting hammock, a library and a pantry over around 156 m2. Each component is housed in its own bubble and the connections of these bubbles follows the curvature of a giant natural rock at the base of the house. The interior elements and furniture are also built into the spheres of the houses such that they become a brilliant part of the architecture. A patio tower provides a scenic 360 of the mountains and hills around the house unifying the place with its environment.
Written by Aditya Chopra