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The living room of the Maison des Remparts: glass doors, built-in bookshelf, sofa.
The living room of the Maison des Remparts: glass doors, built-in bookshelf, sofa.
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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

La Maison des Remparts

In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a Provencal townhouse reinterpreted with modernity

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With its wooden extension, this tall townhouse resembles a medieval battlement—a design choice that is far from coincidental. Constructed within the ancient ramparts of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, its owner-architects intentionally designed it to pay homage to its former purpose.

In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a Provencal townhouse reinterpreted with modernity

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"We have applied here our very personal concept of contextualist architecture, faithful to the history of the place and its memories."

Every house has its own story. And the story of La Maison des Remparts is particularly intriguing. Spearheading the project are two brothers, Jean and Arthur, two locals who became architects and joined forces in the agency bearing their name: Bosc Architects. A duo well-practiced in renovating Provencal farmhouses and other country estates now offering a collection of rental properties: Les Maisons Imaginaires. Starting with this unique house in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, formerly inhabited by antique dealers.

Weathered by time, this mysterious address turns out to be none other than a piece of the old medieval fortifications of the old town! It’s a structure several centuries old, reimagined to enhance its historical and geographical past. It’s inspiring, functional, and somewhat bewildering: a three-story urban property that will leave you in awe.

A townhouse
– with a prominent historical past

Scratching away the ugly plaster covering it, Jean and Arthur were surprised to discover the old stone of this ancient piece of medieval rampart. A narrative thread that they pulled throughout the project. Outside, the old arrow slits on the facade give the house character. So does this small niche on the second floor – illuminated at night – from where a saint seems to protect the house.

Taking cues from medieval architecture, the two brothers created a wooden extension that surprises passersby from the street—a semblance of a watchtower from which to observe the surroundings of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Once dark and partitioned, the house now offers opened living spaces with muted tones to capture light. The whitewashed beams, polished concrete or Moroccan beijmat tiles cover the bathrooms or kitchen floors, all offering a sense of openness and freshness, especially as summer sets in!

The wooden extension resembling a guard path - © Mark Elst

The wooden extension resembling a guard path - © Mark Elst

The art of living together
Bosc Architects’ version.

The first house in Les Maisons Imaginaires collection, La Maison des Remparts is a vibrant address designed to be experienced by large groups. ‘A living machine’ – with its three floors and four bedrooms – intended for groups of friends as well as large families who love to entertain, party, and fill their daily lives with fun events, as well as hedonists with refined palates, who – once arrived – are delighted to discover the kitchen’s equipment and layout. On the central island, meals are prepared as a group. Make sure to grill a piece of meat – bought at the market that very morning – in the fireplace specially designed for this type of cooking. And don’t forget to season your dish with herbs picked directly on the patio!

 

The kitchen, where you can prepare meals with friends or family - © Mark Elst

The kitchen, where you can prepare meals with friends or family - © Mark Elst

Well-being is an integral part of Jean and Arthur’s identity and one that they strive to convey in the environment of this house. And the decor is not to be overlooked, of course. Architects but also designers, here they mix vintage pieces and objects from their own design collection. Prototypes or completed creations, La Maison des Remparts evolves over time into a laboratory where their Totems chairs are tested one by one, as well as their Sarragan table lamp.

The rooftop with a view of the Alpilles where you can have breakfast or enjoy an aperitif in the evening - © Mark Elst

The rooftop with a view of the Alpilles where you can have breakfast or enjoy an aperitif in the evening - © Mark Elst

A true haven preserved from the hustle and bustle of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in high season, La Maison des Remparts offers very pleasant outdoor spaces to enjoy the sunny days. Moreover, they are shielded from view. Especially on the rooftop with its summer lounge overlooking the Alpilles, but also in its small patio on the ground floor. There is no doubt that one easily adapts to this vertical living space – also equipped with an elevator – that you quickly don’t want to leave. Except for the city excursions recommended by the two architect brothers. Because the rituals in this Provencal village naturally fall into place.

Opposite the house’s entrance, one goes to the Barniers arena—former bullfighting arenas with their typical red barriers—to play pétanque or take a family stroll. We venture to Place Favier and its plane trees—”the most beautiful in Saint-Rémy,” as Jean tells us—to have our morning coffee. And we never tire of wandering its cobbled streets, discovering other historical sites along the way, like the former Hôtel de Sade. We say: go for it!

The 3 things

we love the most

The view from the rooftop over the rooftops and the Alpilles
The cozy living room with its huge daybed
The bright bathrooms entirely in polished concrete

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Destination Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Transports

Avignon TGV station

22 min

Marseille Airport

60 min

Restaurants

Têtes d'Ail (local cuisine)

2 min

L'Auberge de Saint-Rémy (1 Michelin star)

3 min

Gus Restaurant (seafood & fish)

3 min

Edu (Mediterranean cuisine)

4 min

Paulette (local cuisine)

17 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Entre sel et terre (gourmet grocery store)

1 min

Terre et Blé (bakery)

4 min

Lilamand Confiseur (confectioner)

4 min

La Cave aux fromages (cheese shop)

4 min

Jeanne Bayol (home decor store)

4 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Carrières des Lumières (quarries)

16 min

Baux de Provence (village)

17 min

Luma Arles (contemporary art)

30 min

La Maison des Remparts

19 Boulevard Gambetta, 13210, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

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Velvet daybed sofa

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Sarragan lamp

3.

Totem chair

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