Beachside Fun House Apartment in France by Studio UdA

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This beachside “Fun House” is a holiday home in Juan Les Pins, France, designed by Studio UdA of Milan, Italy. Inspired by an Italian comedy movie from 1977 called Casotto — “beach hut” — and in a venerable 1970s apartment building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it’s in a perfect location for some whimsy. The apartment is tiny — 40 square meters; its only real selling point is a great view of the sea. So the residents took advantage of that, ordering a spacious living room area and two separate sleeping quarters that could all look out on that fabulous view. This led the designers to create lightweight walls inside the apartment that were easy to put together, relatively cheap, and movable. Think about it. Wouldn’t you love to move the walls of your house around sometimes?

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Now, you know why they call it the “Fun House.” Open inner partitions and you find a double bedroom, with bunk beds on both sides. Curved canvas ceilings mimic being in a tent or cabana on the beach; an outdoor deck has lots of room for scooting around, curling up with a good book, or having an alfresco dinner. Interior colors are those of the shore: yellows for sun and sand, blues for sea and sky. And, while the area inside is small, there’s also plenty of privacy: just slide a partition over and you can peek out at the cook to see what’s for dinner…or disappear just as fast for a quick postprandial nap. It’s an ideal way to share a vacation house — and a life, as Studio UdA concludes: “[It’s called] Fun House because sharing is always an enjoyable experience.”

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