André Wogenscky, Wogenscky’s house, Saint-Remy-les Chevreuse , France, 1952
André Wogenscky, Wogenscky’s house, Saint-Remy-les Chevreuse, France, 1952 (view from google)
Wogenscky’s private house-cum-studio, a new construction that he designed and built for himself and his wife Marta Pan between 1950 and 1952 in Saint-Remy-les Chevreuse, does not have a name. Wogenscky a French Modernist architect and member of the Académie des beaux-arts, was fond of talking about a “milieu physique”, a physical or bodily milieu into which the body is plunged. And, indeed it is difficult to separate out of the houses different constituent of rooms from its spatial unity. Using this goal as a starting point, the architect attempted to reveal the continuity of interior and exterior, between structure and volume, and between décor and architecture. Thus “the garden comes into the house and the house goes into the garden”. Not a single door constrains space. Only the massing of the volumes guide the body and eye. The employment of a harmonious system, like colors and geometric forms, is part of the same quest for unity.
Alexandra Niedermayr, Alexandre Maurel, Martin Charachon, Sonja Schneider (March 2017)