Project: Eco Housing Complex
Location: Turquant, France
Client: Parc Loire Anjou Tourraine
Architect: 2:pm Architectures Collectives
For their project in the French city of Turquant 2:pm Architecture explores new possibility in creating an environmentally friendly housing complex, instead of using largely popular wood they focus on using the benefits of steel as a material.
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For 2:pm Architectures, it is important to prove that today, building a sustainable and energy-efficient building is not necessarily synonymous with building in wood. Sustainable development must begin with a general reflection of the building process, including its materials. Therefore, the project is the choice of expressing a habitat in the density of implantation and two totaling 11 units. These two types present two ways to integrate into the site, two wills of dialogue with the slope which meet the demands of the various programmatic typologies.
Indeed the extensive use of a material can quickly become detrimental to the economic market. Steel is a building material to take into account for sustainable development considerations in many aspects. The steel is recycled and reclaimed 100% and is reusable indefinitely with all of its original properties found after the treatment of the material.
More often, it is produced locally and the routing of structural work presents a low carbon amount. The implementation of the steel framing system under construction is done by assembly. The components of the steel housing is easy to disassemble, recover and recycle.
The building to the east of the site has a slender volume, placed horizontally on the rock with an opening on the panorama from the bed of the Loire. The roof is single but has inflections in conjunction with the edge of the Crete rear of the cliffs. The two buildings to the west offer vertical houses reminiscent of the country and a single slope roof with quartz cut slightly squared to resonate with houses arranged in excavations troglodytes. These buildings offer a contemporary reinterpretation of the local habitat while maintaining the characteristics of vernacular architecture in Turkey: fine facades on the street, shooting vertical, single slope roof, and accessibility by exterior stairs.