The desire of a young farmer to live near his
family-run farm led to the drawing-up of a Farm Development Plan where his home/work-place,
as well as the future homes of his siblings, becomes one of several groups of
buildings in a ‘rich complex for country living’ intended for people, animals,
tools, and equipment. This inspired a harmonious rural architecture design project.
In the country, there is a simplicity that is born from
practicality, from the economy, from the rationalization of equipment and
techniques. Houses are simple dwellings designed with specific functions in
mind. This corresponds to austerity in
design bordering on the ‘almost nothing’, then brought to life by day-to-day
living, by the variety of materials, by the wise re-use of elements, by the
transitory nature of solutions.
The housing module is composed of:
a living wall, the alignment of rooms on two
levels, which have a direct rapport with the outside and an inside rapport with
A ‘passage’ wall within which there is the distribution axis on
the ground floor, the metal stairway and
landing of the first floor made of standard section bars and metal grids. Like a fence, the wall extends the house to
include other outdoor rooms (farmyard, pergola, garage for future expansion). In the siblings’ houses the wall will
change: into a light support structure
for greenery or into a glassed-in two storey volume.
The design project is based on criteria of
environmental eco-sustainability: thermal masonry blocks with in-between cork
insulation, ventilated roof, radiant-heat floor, solar panels on the flat roof,
climbing plants on the west-facing wall, shading system made from micro-perforated
sheet metal for various types of filtered light.