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9 peculiarities to spot along the streets.

Sandrine Boyer

Materials for drawing

The local architecture knew how to take advantage of the brick by using it in a polychromic way. Its use is found throughout all the architectural genres that have shaped the history of the creation of inDeauville seaside resorts. The decor is developed on the facades, emphasizing the bay surrounds and reinforcing the cornice details. Limestone is widely used on villas and buildings. To take advantage of it decorative, builders alternate their implementation.

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Roofs to rhythm

The roofs are characterized by an interlocking of several sets of slopes and various shapes. The roof overhangs are large and ornate. They are decorated with many accessories: ears of corn, ridges, battens and clusters.

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Finials to decorate

A tradition of oriental origin, decorative ears, in glazed terracotta, became typically Augeron from the 1,60th century. Little by little, the ridge cap becomes a kind of personalized jewel that decorates manors and mansions. There are therefore three main categories of motifs: those belonging to the world of fauna (rooster, cat, frog…), those of flora and those relating to allegories (imaginary characters, dragons, fairies…). Conceived in separate elements, some reach 6 m and consist of XNUMX different pieces. About thirty kilometers from here, the Pottery of Mesnil de Bavent has maintained this tradition since the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

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Bow windows to see

The bow window, an architectural element of Anglo-Saxon origin brought in the middle of the XNUMXth century, is a specific feature of the seaside villa. Often in wood, it provides a panoramic view of the garden or the sea.

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Balconies for chasing

The finely designed balconies are an integral part of the creative universe of seaside architecture. The exterior wood or metal joinery contributes to the general unity of the facade. They are painted in harmony with the coloring of the villa.

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Colors to harmonize

Architects very quickly moved away from the constructive function of wood to make it an element of decor that punctuates and composes facades with aesthetic concern. The colors of the half-timbered sections are of a single shade, with a recent dominant for "Normandy" green. On the other hand, the eaves of the roofs and the underside of the bow windows are generally reinforced by strong colors, such as red.

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The graphic strength of half-timbering

White is omnipresent in the architecture of the inDeauville territory, it is underlined by the graphic strength of the browns, matched with the grays of the slate and the whole range of warm colors of bricks and tiles.

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Umbrella pines for parasols

The planted gardens and green spaces give an intimate tone to the streets of seaside resorts. Certain compound gardens, works of architects and landscapers, are protected. In Deauville, pines, planted on private land overflowing into the public space, filter the light and play on the facades of the villas. They create an atmosphere and organize the composition of the streets. The highly developed conifers are part of the city's landscape heritage.

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Fences to let you see

The fences maintain visual transparency between the public space and the private domain. In the central sector, they are composed of a masonry sideboard wall surmounted by balusters, a claustra or an openwork structure in painted wood, metal or wrought iron. The whole is largely openwork, in accordance with the practices at the time of the construction of the station and enhances the ceremonial facade of the villa.

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