Property of the week: a timber home built into the hillside near Marseilles

With a series of suspended terraces

VM House clings to the chalky limestone hills of the Estaque between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

Conceived by architect Eric Castaldi and built in 2003 as a series of stacked terraces, the 417 sq m timber house is on the market via Espaces Atypiques for €1.75m. The French property unfurls across three levels, with a curving swimming pool snaking its way along its hillside plot and flowing beneath the property’s lower ground floor.

Airy living spaces are set above, with huge glass windows and sliding doors that open onto shaded timber decks, overlooking the Bay of Marseille.

Interiors have an industrial bent thanks to exposed steel supports, raftered ceilings and polished concrete floors.

Villa for sale near Marseille, France
The open-plan living and dining area opens on to a terrace

A twisting steel and wood staircase ascends from the colossal 148 sq m kitchen and living room. To maximise light flow through the height of the four-bedroom Marseille property, Castaldi has incorporated glass floor panels.

New owners don’t have to worry about the neighbours either: VM House sits on a 11,000 sq ft plot, surrounded by trees.

Villa for sale near Marseille, France
A spiral staircase is at the core of the home
Villa for sale near Marseille, France
Bedrooms have glass walls

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