La Tour Maison

Reworking a 15th century tower house for the 21st and beyond

This project reconstructed a ruined 15th century Tower House that sits adjacent to the Forge House. Forge and Tower have been reconnected at two levels to be used as one large dwelling or, with openings closed between, the Tower can be rented as unique holiday accommodation with separate entrance and individual garden.

The main facade is a faithful reconstruction of the original edifice including matching medieval stone carving to replace missing pieces (see making section) and a traditional roof form to resonate with the village setting. Windows in the side facade are carefully orchestrated to enjoy the stunning view of the Dordogne valley. The topography at the back of the Tower provides the opportunity for interesting spaces and features. A bridge connects the main living level to a high level garden and passes over a sunken courtyard. Overlooking the gardens a terrace for the main bedroom is tucked under the eaves of the cantilevered roof.

The interiors are a contemporary set of living spaces that take their cue from the original architecture. Elements of the old ruin are embedded in the new. The thickness of the walls is expressed while extensive glazing lets abundant light in and allows a panorama above the adjacent rooftops.

July 2014 | La Tour Maison | RIBA Journal Feature

December 2014 | New York Times


Mark Marshall / James Daykin


  • Main Contractor | Sarl Malaurie
  • Windows & Joinery | Patrice Coumailleau
  • Staircase Fabrication | Taunton Fabrications
  • Staircase Installation | Mark Marshall
  • Dry Stone Walling | James Daykin

Client Statement | “It’s thrilling to live in a 15th century house with a magnificent 21st-century part that’s modern, stunning and seamless, and that doesn’t compromise the integrity of the original house.”