Despite the immensity of the project, architect Alexandre Lafourcade managed to transform an austere chateau into a stately, welcoming chateau in just one year. The focus of the transformation was the North façade, with the objective of accentuating both original building materials and proportions in their country setting. This was not without its challenges: traditionally north facade in Provence have limited apertures due to the need to protect occupants from the Mistral wind which blows regularly in this region. Success was achieved by the addition of a highly decorative oval window feature installed above the front door. Former stables became an orangery suffused with natural light and decorated in a warmly contemporary style.