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Vass Municipal Campground / Julien Boidot Architect

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

From the architect. The campground is well situated in the heart of the Loire Valley between the river, a forest of large chestnut trees and a 15th century village.

site plan
site plan

The initial program proposed the renovation of the existing facility; however, while defining the objectives of the project with the elected officials in the commune the need for a new building became evident.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

The rehabilitation of the Vaas municipal campground centers around three strategies that have guided the conception of the project.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Highlight the site by creating both a natural and built environment

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

To achieve this, three new structures were carefully placed on the site.

The reception pavilion indicates the entrance and represents the establishment. Programmatically, it is used to welcome guests and administer their comings and goings as well as dispense tourist information, bike rental etc.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

The bathhouse relies on three existing trees to determine its placement. It provides the campers privacy from the nearby recreational fields while framing a view of the nearby Hôtel de ville and church bell tower in the historically recognized hamlet.

floor plan
floor plan

The pattern of new concrete paths and benches create a network of paths that allow for a variety of daily commutes in and around the center. While ushering users into the facilities, the hardscape also provides a visual gradation from the natural to the built environments.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Renew the image of the campground through the use of an elementary wood architecture

The pavilions are simple wooden volumes that drew inspiration from the local vernacular. Although topped with gable roofs of corrugated steel, they are primarily wooden structures. Wood is used structurally but also in the facade of vertical cladding. It provides warmth and comfort, both acoustic and hygrometric, for the users, while responding to the desire for construction that is more environmentally respectful.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Optimize use and maintenance

The use of sustainable and durable materials along with the careful consideration of construction and functional details assure a simplified upkeep.

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