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9 peculiarities to spot along the streets.

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Materials for drawing

Deauville's architecture knew how to take advantage of brick by using it in a polychromic way. Its use is found across all the architectural genres that have shaped the history of Deauville. The decor develops on the facades, highlighting the surrounding bays and reinforcing the details of the cornices. Limestone is widely used on villas and buildings. To get a decorative advantage, the 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

Tradition of oriental origin, the decorative spikes, in glazed terracotta became typically augeron from the 1,60th century. The finial is gradually becoming 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, etc.), those of flora and those relating to allegories (imaginary characters, dragons, fairies, etc.). Designed in separate elements, some reach 6 m and consist of XNUMX different pieces. About thirty kilometers from Deauville, 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 19th century, is a specific feature of the seaside villa. Often made of 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

The architects very quickly passed from the constructive function of wood to make it an element of decoration which punctuates and composes the facades with an aesthetic concern. The colors of the timber framing are one shade, with a recent dominance for the “Normandy” green. On the other hand, the overhang 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 Deauville, it is underlined by the graphic force of the browns, matched with the gray 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 Deauville. Pines, planted on private land spilling over 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. Softwoods with great development are part of the landscape heritage of the city. Certain compound gardens, works of architects and landscapers, are protected.

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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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