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A Bio-climatic house in the Gulf of Morbihan, France

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Auray-based architectural practice Patrice BIDEAU, architecte  have designed the Bio Climatic house project. Completed in 2012 the contemporary family home can be found in the Gulf of Morbihan, France.

In buying this house in Baden, the owners wanted to adapt to a new life in the Morbihan area by converting an existing dwelling into an energy efficient home using ecological building materials. Close to the sea and an ideal base for sailing, the house was originally intended to be a holiday home. When it became evident that the existing metal framework and concrete panel construction would render energy efficient and windproof renovation in compliance with the 2005 French regulations impossible, it was decided that it was better to build a new low-energy consumption property with thermodynamic heating.

The existing house was demolished and a bio climatic dwelling made of a wood and concrete framework was built on the highest point of the plot in order to restore the original aspect of the grounds. The house has a lower ground floor built into the slope, an upper ground floor with terraces to the west and south and a third floor above. The main façade faces south-west with a gable offering views over the Gulf.The interior design combines contrasting colours in lime-based paint on the walls and varied types of wood for the floors, staircase and doors.

The rocks present in the grounds have been preserved for use in the future landscaping of a bio climatic garden designed to protect and embellish the house.

The inspiration for this project was drawn from one of the rules of the Gaia Charter: “Let architecture grow out of the site and be unique.”

Images courtesy of Armel Istin

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

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April 25, 2013 | Property | View comments

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