Génoise Detail of a French Provincial Design – New Construction ICF House in Ojai

Project: Ojai, California New Construction

Architecture: Rhett Judice
Builder: Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Interior Design: Rhett Judice

 
Génoise – although the definition of the word is “an Italian sponge cake” known from the area of Genoa in Italy

 
Génoise also defines the architectural treatment under the eaves of the roof – common in Provence France and possibly originating in Italy

It is said that the wealthier you are – the more rows you have !   The roof tiles continue from the eave back to the house in a sort of reverse pattern.  The trend dates back the middle of the 17th century and came originally from Italy.

 This project, built of ICF blocks,  created a challenge because the 8″ thick concrete walls are surrounded in 3″ of insulating foam.  Unlike the solid stone buildings of 17th c Provence, we had to create a system that could attach – be safe – be structurally sound – without being able to build on top of a stone wall.  The answer is foam! and a bad hair day!

 A sample is prepared for the color coat.

 Once installed – the color stucco will complete the illusion

 

 

Rhett’s detail !!! – click on plan for larger image

 

 

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