Modern pad with dramatic indoor-outdoor connection on the French Riviera


This modern residence was designed by SAOTA Architects, located in Saint-Tropez, a coastal town on the French Riviera, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. The location inspired the seamless indoor-outdoor design of this home, nestled just above the beach of Plage de Pampelonne. Continue the home tour below to get all the details of this home as provided by the architects!

The garden side of the property was designed to integrate around a raised living and dining area, while a slanted embankment of lush vegetation leads to a swimming pool and sun bathing terrace. Further enhancing the outdoor experience is a pavilion featuring an outdoor lounge and cocktail bar. A surrounding pine forest affords the homeowners plenty of privacy, while providing the ideal backdrop for a boule court set amongst the trees.


The design of this home reflects a modern interpretation of the St Tropez lifestyle. “The contemporary, rectilinear, cubic design was carefully considered to blend in with the more traditional residences that are prevalent in the area,” states the architects. “A series of horizontal planes defines the design of this home – the green hedge on street level, the solid street facing front of the house, the indoor layers running from east to west, the linear terrace and sloping green embankment and swimming pool below.”

Project Team: Architects: SAOTA / Architects of Record: Libre Architecture Concept Project Team: Stefan Antoni & Thomas Paturle Interiors: Owner


Throughout the house, there is an interplay of solid walls and large openings, which was created by floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors opening into pockets. The second level of this residence features individual elements unified by a horizontal eyebrow, which links them while framing an outdoor garden courtyard.


What We Love: This fabulous home features exquisite design details both indoors and out. The outdoor living spaces are as inviting as they are opulent, making you dream about spending all of your free time outdoors. The interiors are just as inviting, and although modern in design, they beckon you to kick back and relax. This home has the ultimate entertaining and vacation vibe to it, we are adding it to our list of dream homes!… Readers, how about you, could you imagine living on the French Riviera in this sleek pad? Tell us your thoughts in the Comments below!

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Palm trees were planted at the front of the home to not only lend a tropical feel, but to serve as a sculptural feature. The exterior facade presents an eye-catching display of travertine slabbed rectilinear panels with matching textured plaster planes as contemporary interpretation of the characteristic St Tropez stucco finish.

Thin horizontal and vertical openings punctuate the facade to bring in natural light while still allowing for privacy. Travertine stepping stones leads visitors to a double height, solid wood front door.


Above: The front door features a spectacular free form bronze handle.


Above: Upon entering the residence, an exquisite capiz shell chandelier dominates the double volume entry hall. Expansive windows provides dramatic views over the pool and garden.


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The main living level includes a lounge, dining room and kitchen. This level also encompasses the guest bedroom, separated from the living area by a courtyard garden with a linear water feature and mature olive tree.


The homeowner decorated the interiors independently, selecting a neutral color palette with natural, organic materials. Timber and glass was selected for the furnishings, while accents of charcoal were used to add drama. Designer pieces such as Minotti and Patricia Urquiola can be found throughout.


Above: A bespoke chandelier suspended above the dining table infuses luxury into the space. Light vein cut travertine floors contrast with the black slim line sliding doors and is repeated against feature walls, providing subtle accents.


Above: White walls serve as a backdrop to the homeowners extensive art collection—provided by their photography gallery. The design team strategically placed gallery spaces so they would be seen on both the interior and exterior of the home.


Above: The luxuriously appointed kitchen features Boffi cabinetry and Gaggenau appliances.


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Photos: Adam Letch

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