Pierre Boulez house for sale

Boulez, 89, is selling his place near Aix-en-Provence. Here’s the estate agent’s description:

Architect House – Alpes de Haute Provence

Built on a former quarry in the countryside, this architect home with a contemporary feel was owned by Pierre Boulez, famous composer and conductor and conveys this aspect through the white concrete forming the gesture of a leader directing an orchestra without a wand. The concrete blends perfectly with the vertical stones found on site that are assembled into specific modules. Light seeps between volumes. Approximately 230m² spread over four levels as well as a guest house and a garage, the ensemble set on 3,7 ha. Numerous terraces including one with exceptional panoramic views on the last floor. 1h from the TGV train station in Aix en Provence.
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  • David Boxwell
    Posted at 16:05h, 31 March Reply

    That home looks totally warm, inviting, and cozy!

    • Brian
      Posted at 20:33h, 31 March Reply

      Nothing much in the way of windows that would actually let in natural light. Don’t like dark houses. Anyway, not enough room for my CDs, lps, 78s, books and scores. Otherwise, I’d buy it.

    • John Borstlap
      Posted at 11:12h, 01 April Reply

      That home looks as if assembled by a naughty kid.

  • Mark Stratford
    Posted at 16:13h, 31 March Reply

    Did he own this before he had his Baden Baden mansion ? Or did he have these two piles simultaneously ?

    And I think he has an appartment in Paris as well.

  • Cambridge
    Posted at 16:39h, 31 March Reply

    Looks like the sort of house a good socialist would live in.

    • Stereo
      Posted at 21:46h, 31 March Reply

      only socialists can afford things like this

      • Anonymus
        Posted at 07:30h, 01 April Reply

        So you two are saying that if one is successful as a composer and conductor, one must hold capitalistic world views? I don’t see any intelligent reason in this, but never mind. Just envious maybe?

        • Brian
          Posted at 16:01h, 01 April Reply

          Envy is the heart and soul of socialism.

          • Anonymus
            Posted at 17:46h, 01 April

            Hmm, maybe. And greed is the heart and soul of capitalism. Sounds like the choice between pest or cholera to me.

    • Anonymus
      Posted at 11:50h, 01 April Reply

      Actually I see no rails, no support for the weak, on the stairs. Looks more like a neo-liberal approach to me.

  • M.A. Steinberger
    Posted at 17:10h, 31 March Reply

    Looks like it would be perfect for villain in a James Bond movie.

  • Andrew
    Posted at 18:29h, 31 March Reply

    Ugh, why am I not surprised that this is where he lived?

    • Joanna Debenham
      Posted at 19:01h, 31 March Reply

      I couldn’t have put it better Andrew.

      @ M A Steinberger: LOL!

      @ Cambridge: I suppose it is very “white heat of technology”.

  • Michael Schaffer
    Posted at 22:24h, 31 March Reply

    What’s an “architect house”? Aren’t all houses designed by architects?

    Also, if you go to the listing


    and look at the 4th picture, there is a huge hole in the terrace above a steep vertical drop. What’s that for? To throw down unwanted guests? To pour hot oil on attacking armies?

    • Anonymus
      Posted at 07:35h, 01 April Reply

      It’s there to symbolize the black hole, where the time he saved by conducting super fast, disappeared into, disappeared into the big nothingness.

      • John Borstlap
        Posted at 11:14h, 01 April Reply

        The hole is for discarded score pages.

      • Michael Schaffer
        Posted at 19:08h, 01 April Reply

        Boulez never struck me as a conductor who generally leans towards faster than normal tempi. In some cases, he is actually slower than many other conductors, for instance, in the first movement of his recording of Beethoven 5. But overall, I would say his tempo choices are generally fairly unsurprising.

        • John Borstlap
          Posted at 19:46h, 01 April Reply

          With Boulez, one gets the strong impression that not tempo, but clarity determines the speed of a work. But in Wagner he takes fast tempi, in an attempt to get rid of all the layers of pathos that he sees in the score, the ‘traditional dirt’ between the notes, as if they were childrens’ toes arriving from the beach. His recording of Debussy’s ‘Jeux’ is excruciatingly clear and therefore, stiff, without any Schwung that the music obviously needs.

    • M.A. Steinberger
      Posted at 17:12h, 01 April Reply

      Not around here. Most are slapped together by the thousands by builders with no training and no eye. You can get a good idea of it from the opening sequence of “Family Guy”. Yes, it’s parody, but very accurate.

      • Michael Schaffer
        Posted at 17:54h, 01 April Reply

        Where is “around here”?

  • Ray Kohn (@Tecchler)
    Posted at 06:23h, 01 April Reply

    Je ne l’aime pas du tout. Je voudrais la detruire avec un marteau sans maitre

    • Brian
      Posted at 15:59h, 01 April Reply

      Mais la maison est une replication concrete de “pli selon pli.”

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