Initially conceived of as a development of three townhouses in Gustavia by Lotus Architects, the La Colline project stalled out during construction and was sold to a partnership with two new owners. The new ownership requested that the half-completed building transform from three units into just two and Xavier David accepted the challenge to manage the re-design and construction.
Status of La Collline before Xavier David's involvement.
Final results after Xavier David inherited the project.
Conversion from three units into just two required significant interior modifications as one entire staircase was eliminated. Additional space implied that possibility of larger, open floor plans, however, existing structural columns had to be carefully accounted for in order to achieve maximum effect. In addition to reconfiguring the floor plans to accommodate the new building program, Xavier David also added the sliding wood brise-soleils that soften the intense glare of the setting sun on the western and southern façades of La Colline.
The two completed townhouse unit each feature open-plan, loft-like living & dining spaces, bedrooms with ensuite baths, rooftop sunset terrace, private rear garden terrace and secure garage parking facilities. Material highlights include a double-layered oak floor by Hakwood of the Netherlands and Italian Carrera marble bathroom finishings.