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This magnificent fully renovated architect house is located on the edge of the Canal du Midi – a major 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage site – the building is also a few hundred meters from another listed building: Matabiau station by architect Marius Toudoire (1904).The house is located in the immediate vicinity of all the shops, services and facilities necessary for everyday life. All the shops, services, cultural facilities and administrations of the hyper center are also only about ten minutes away, because it is only 1500 meters from the Capitol, the famous center of Toulouse.
Following the shady green flow of the Canal du Midi we find ourselves quickly in the immense public park of Compans Caffarelli, also 1500 meters away. The house in itself is simple but very distinct; sandwiched between two villas of the early 20th century and very typical of the area, with the bonus of having a private garden and pool.
In this exceptional location, at the junction of two sought-after neighbourhood’s – Roquelaine and Les Chalets – the collaboration of the Bâtiments de France has been invaluable for the resolutely contemporary architectural build to be perfectly integrated with this sensitive and very sought-after setting.
This former industrial building, completely renovated, has been deeply transformed thanks to the meticulous work of the architects. A town house with a lot of character and charm, and careful layout maximising the living space with great emphasis on the technical details.
From the entrance through to the garden the view is uninterrupted allowing the inside and outside spaces to flow as one.
The kitchen has been designed in an extremely original and relevant way to be both totally open on the day space, but also subtly separated so that the preparation areas are not in visual connection with the livening area. Positioned on a semi-mezzanine level, it presents as an American style kitchen fully fitted with all the mod cons and only the very best mark such as Siemns, Falmec and Luisina.
Thanks to the fluid spatial composition, no space has been lost. Thus the 200m2 of meters of living space are really living space not lost by halls, or redundant areas. However the clever design does allow for ample storage space throughout the whole property.
Everywhere in the property offers a wide perspectives where your gaze extends each time towards space. Between “inside” and “outside”. For example large bay that can be retracted between the living room and the terrace garden, large buried porthole and retractable window between the living room and the pool or between the interior spaces kitchen in semi mezzanine or the office space on the first floor landing which gives you access to the bedrooms and the “junior suite”, etc.
Materials of the very best quality have been used throughout the build for example the large glass surfaces encircled with dark metal meet the walls coated with minerals, solid wood matches the greys of the inner walls, while the large floor tiles, in double clear tones, echo the old pebble and brick walls of the terrace completely repointed.
It should be stressed that the total renovation was undertaken by professional builders and a lot of bespoke items have been fabricated for this unique development. The lucky buyer will benefit from a very significant 10-year guarantee throughout the entire structure.
The refined spatial organization has been elaborated in a very precise way to create a great coherence within the “day” and “night” spaces. In vertical junction, as of the entrance, next to the main staircase, a sober technical volume regroups on three levels a wine cellar of a large laundry room with a gas condensing boiler and a comfortable cellar.
Being a town house noise consideration was a major consideration. The acoustic insulation has been reinforced. The sound insulation between the various interior spaces has not been forgotten: the 4 bedrooms spaces have been designed as stand-alone volumes with reinforced acoustic partitions (98 mm) and heavy-duty solid-core doors with peripheral seal and brushes on the underside.
A similar sound barrier and heavy door is in place for all the technical rooms of the house where noise can be generated. Finally, the wooden staircase climbing to the top floor has seen its underside neatly insulated to cushion any footstep noise.
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