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Mazan / de-so

  • 00:00 - 2 September, 2013
Mazan / de-so
Mazan / de-so, © Hervé Abadie
© Hervé Abadie
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Venue de Caromb, 84380 Mazan, France
  • Project Architects

    Olivier Souquet, Mathieu Labardin
  • Area

    1740.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Collaborators

  • Acoustics

  • Structural Engineering/ Timber Envelope

  • Mechanical/Plumbing/ Electrical Engineering

  • Graphic Design

  • Scenography

    Architecture et Technique
© Hervé Abadie
© Hervé Abadie

Text description provided by the architects. The ‘boiserie’, which translates asThe Wood work is a multi-function event center with a 1000-person capacity. The building emerges from the striped viticultural landscape of Provence, France, and is dominated by the giant Mount Ventoux. It is a unique example of timber and straw-bale construction.


The program is split between two volumes to soften its impact on the surroundings and rupture its scale. The Entry Pavilion is a low horizontal building inspired by the region’s dry-stone terraced retaining-walls called restanque in French. This pavilion opens out toward the landscape. In the background, a 12-meter inclined cedar shading façade protects the plastered exterior walls of the concert hall. The angle of the timber skin references the slopes of Mount Ventoux and creates a silhouette that communicates the civic nature of the meeting hall.

© Hervé Abadie
© Hervé Abadie

The sloping filter is made from slats of silver-grey cedar which project animated shadows onto the ochre-colored planes of the hall. This double facade creates depth and a vibration of color and light. At night, the building is lit between the two skins, transforming it into a glowing lantern.

© Hervé Abadie
© Hervé Abadie

The concert hall’s atypical interior mirrors the exterior with the timber slats on the walls and ceiling using the same rhythm. The exterior wood is essentially turned inside-out to re-express the majestic volume. This timber ambiance evokes the traditional French community hall, and is ideal for a variety of possible configurations. The space is equipped with folding bleachers. It can be lit naturally or completely shaded from daylight. The use of wood and straw-bale insulation results in a versatile acoustic environment.


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Cite: "Mazan / de-so" 02 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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