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Ecologic Pavilion In Alsace / Studio 1984

  • 21:00 - 13 November, 2012
Ecologic Pavilion In Alsace / Studio 1984
Ecologic Pavilion In Alsace / Studio 1984, Courtesy of Studio 1984
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    Muttersholtz, Alsace, Francia
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From the architect. In search of the architecture of the lesser impact, the "nest" is largely inspired by agricultural vernacular constructions. Its familiar shape and texture pay homage to traditional barns and are an attempt at restoring their discreet charm.

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This pastoral imagination dictates the choice of local materials widely available such as straw and wood, the environmental impact of which are virtually nil. The reference to rural heritage far from generating an archaic habitat is the support for technical innovations in terms of comfort, ambiance, and energetic efficiency.

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The landscape integration’s effort logically leads to reinterpret several vernacular proven techniques.

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The "nest" is also a reflection on the transiency of constructions. Indeed, if the building may seem quite massive, most of its materials are totally renewable.

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Ambitions carried by the Archi <20 competition resonate with the most significant contemporary issues in terms of building. To produce a "committed, innovative, environmentally friendly" architecture is the greatest challenge for our generation of architects.

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The specifically preserved site that hosts this competition inevitably calls for a reflection on the relationship between human settlements and their natural environment. The aim is to initiate or to rediscover a relationship marked by hospitality and sobriety which are some of the characteristics of vernacular architecture.

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This competition also reflects the urgency for mobilizing all social energies in order to find innovative, efficient and qualitative solutions for housing issues. Designing spaces of modest size but which offer a new way of living seems therefore appropriate to meet changing social needs.

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A strong ecological requirement in materials used for construction as well as in the long-term use of the building were our main concerns for this original event. As such the use of local, healthy, recyclable, and efficient materials were required.

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Enhancement of local economic fabric also contributes in making this experience a model of sustainable, responsible and ecological development. Through this project, we have tried to bring our contribution to reflections based on architectural quality. In a project approach that we want the most comprehensive possible, we have experienced a locally relevant and suitable for development response.

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Amit Kvint · February 21, 2015

Does someone know if the bales here were covered somehow from the outside? - Plastered / wooden covered or any other way?

Phongsathorn Wessabutra · February 18, 2015

Very cool ..

i-tenere · September 09, 2014

It's very interesting...

Simon · November 21, 2012

The concept is more than brilliant in the aspects of material inspiration and usage as well as cost-effectiveness. The lateral bracing system that also support the protruding roof is likewise elegant. What's less than clear is the method of longtitudal bracing, though. The crude insulative system makes the unit rather vulnerable to the elements (an extra layer of wind & rain barrier outside the hay would be needed), to say nothing of fire safety concerns!

StrawCat · February 18, 2015 10:24 PM

It's straw, not hay.
"Hay is for horses, straw is for houses".
Straw is the stocks left over after you harvest grains. Straw basically has little nutrient content- it's mostly cellulose, and in the case of rice straw, has a very high silicon content (20%+) which makes it difficult to even burn...), so insects, etc., rarely eat it, even if they have no other choice.

Given that, the exterior should have either a render or a rain screen, or even both.
Allowing straw to have a moisture content much above 20% (ideally, it should be 15%) leaves the straw open to growing molds and fungi, which is definitely not a desirable thing. This high moisture content will quickly lead to decay of the straw. So it is to be avoided through the use of best practices. Those include:
"A good hat and good boots" (i.e., a good, leak resistant roof and a good foundation raised above the ground. With concrete foundations, there should also be a moisture barrier between the concrete and whatever sitting on it.)

The render (properly applied) and/ or a rain screen, if you're building in an area which has driving rain storms. (Or if you just like the appearance of rain screens...)

ALBERTO CAMPOS · November 15, 2012

la idea me parece fabulosa, solo veo un problema para paises con climas tan aridos como en España, que es el riesgo de incendio

samsmd · November 15, 2012

Its a charming project. The location, views and the palette of materials all work symbiotically together.

George Hawirko · November 15, 2012

Straw ,like corn can change lives, especially in the poorer countries. This is why we should look more towards the use of more stable resources for building materials and l the straw for piggy bedding.

Romain ROUBY · November 14, 2012

Bravo, les photos sont superbes,

Vous avez démonté?

krzh · November 14, 2012

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