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Villa Terre Rouge by Koffi & Diabaté

A House in the Heat
Posted by Gestalten—05/2018
Images © François-Xavier Gbré

The weather is balmy all year in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and the local architecture reflects the same lofty and light spirit. The Villa Terre Rouge by Koffi & Diabaté is no difference. The grounds are lined with greenery: Licuala palms, enormous banana trees, and a bright hedge add a dynamic partitioning of the space and help create a sense of privacy and seclusion. Their natural forms offer a counterpoint to the rhythmic architectural design, which is ruled by straight lines and rectangular shapes. Wide glass panes accommodate the lazy afternoon sun; screens of wooden dowels control the direct heat to offer a respite from its rays.

The most eye-catching detail, however, is the private pool. The red wooden deck pops in a red finish on one side; off-white marbles line the other; the pools crystal-clear waters extend alongside each strip and into the horizon overlooking a lake.

Like what you see? Browse Living Under the Sun, our compendium of architecture for warmer weather.

Images © François-Xavier Gbré
Images © François-Xavier Gbré
Images © François-Xavier Gbré
Images © François-Xavier Gbré
Images © François-Xavier Gbré
Images © François-Xavier Gbré
Images © François-Xavier Gbré
Images © François-Xavier Gbré

Images © François-Xavier Gbré