Integrated in a picturesque setting in Normandy, France, among orchards and forests, the minimalist G House by Lode Architecture demonstrates that 100 square meters are more than enough for building a comfortable crib. The monochrome building was built using laminated wooden panels and slate cladding, which reacts to the changing skies of Normandy.
Once inside, visitors will come across cozy, yet hollow volumes and furniture arrangements reflecting practicability more than anything else: “A series of load-bearing walls, made of wooden panels, carve the space. Openings, cut in their thickness, create ways, frame interior views or invite the nearby landscape in. By using the effects of superimpositions and gaps, these picture windows give a kaleidoscopic vision of the home and its inhabitants“. Durability, aesthetics and integration within the local landscape were the main objectives of the architects when building the project. [Photography by Daniel Moulinet]
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.