Architects: Damien Antoni architecte
- Area: 42 m²
- Year: 2015
- Partners: Gregory Joye
- Outdoors Area: 1600 sq m
- Client: Petra Viva association
- Cost: €49,000
- City: Pietracorbara
- Country: France
Text description provided by the architects. A low-energy nature center.
On the island of Corsica, a former watermill and its surroundings are converted into an free ecological nature center used as a base for meetings, hiking and swimming. It also offers an educational landscape that explores connections between energy and water, past and present.
A micro-hydro turbine provides electricity for the site. Built to reach energetical self-sufficiency, the construction is made of local Laricio pine, sweet chestnut tree, and indigenous stone from the site.
The embodied energy used to build this project is 12,000 kWh, so that's 14 times less than a conventional family house.