The customer wanted to build his first house in accordance with nature. The plot was in the countryside, so there was no obstruction to light and less construction’s regulations regarding to the design and materials.
Therefore, we could design the house with a specific space planning to reduce its energy consumption.
The structure of the house is designed to regulate temperatures by using the sun. We’ve analyzed the sun’s movements to place each room in a certain direction and with a certain number of windows, according to its fonction.
About the insulation, an eco-friendly material has been used: straw. Its thermal capacities help to cool down or warm up the house. Vegetal roofs are another solution that has been used in the project. As well as helping the temperature regulation, it’s a nice feature.
Finally, we used for the exterior, different materials that are eco-friendly or locally produced (like slate).
This house has been labelled BBC (Batiment Basse Consommation = Low Consumption Building) according to new environmental laws in France.
To give an idea of the exterior appearance to the customer, i’ve drawn by hand, two perspectives and the elevations of the house (north/south/west/east). This, gave him a global idea about the materials and where they needed to be located, as well as how the volumes were positioned.
Pencil / Markers
The customer was pleased with the project. We designed this house according to his values by reducing our impact on the environment.
This kind of house can reduce energy consumption by 20% depending on the system used to warm up the house (this house use geothermal system).
I really enjoyed working on this project because i learned that if you want to work with mother nature, you can do it. Architectural and Design projects must now been conceived without ignoring environmental problems that we are facing.