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La Maison Bosque
This Creole West-Indies Raised Cottage is nestled into the back of the Traditional Neighborhood Development of Walnut Grove in Southwest Louisiana. A community built with the simple goal of timelessness and being rooted in its place … its vernacular traditions. The design of this home draws its inspiration from the colonial period of Louisiana and one of the oldest remaining residences in the state… the iconic 18th century New Orleans dwelling … the Pitot House.
In creating our rendition, we incorporated the language of A. Hays Town and the influence of vernacular progression. While the house’s entry gallery sits beside the neighborhood’s network of tree-lined sidewalks, it’s otherwise pulled back in a romantically private setting, overlooking its parterre garden. In moving around the buildings, one can see how the “additions” create a nestling of masses that appear to have been assembled over time.
In the end, la Maison Bosque is a home built for a modern family, with the expectations of contemporary living, but with all of the benefits of centuries of architectural details formed by Louisiana’s landscape, climate, and history of intense weather events. In its short time, it has already proven the value of its vernacular traditions.
Designed while practicing as the Village Architect of Walnut Grove and Principal of the Walnut Grove Design Group
Landscape Architect: Broadlands Inc.
Builder: Walnut Grove Construction
Photography: Adam Macchia