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Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

France Architecture News - Nov 11, 2022 - 13:44   814 views

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Paris and Marseille-based architecture practice Anatomies d’Architecture has renovated a rural house by using 100 per cent local materials  in Sap-en-Auge, Normandy, France

Named Le Costil, the 83-square-metre house was renovated by taking into consideration ecological construction approach through entirely local materials and traditional craftsmanship.

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

According to the studio, the renovation of traditional brick house (or “longère”) includes zero concrete, zero plastic, and 100 per cent natural materials from within a radius of less than 100 km.

During the design process, the studio tried to tackle these questions: "How to recontextualize the act of building our homes?". 

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

"In other words, how to reconnect our habitat to its territory, taking into account its particularities and resources: climate, geography, history, built heritage, local materials, regional building techniques?. 

"And how to take advantage of this recontextualization to provide an architectural response to the ecological challenges of the anthropocene epoch?".

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

To renovate the house, the studio used hemp insulation, raw earth coatings, timber frames made of local chestnut and oak tree, reuse of traditional bricks and recycled corks.

While foundations are made of locust tree trunks, floors are made of reused wood windows.

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

The renovation of the house took two years, as the studio explained. During this time, Anatomies d’Architecture tried to figure out alternative and local solutions to conventional buildings.

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

"This project was only made possible thanks to remarkable people in Normandy that keep fighting everyday for the preservation of local and traditional craftsmanship, ancestral practice, regional solidarity and short circuits: farmers, lumberjacks, sawmills, quarrymen, masons, historians, researchers, apprentices, volunteers," said the studio. 

The two-storey house consists of kitchen, dining and living and bedroom on the ground floor, while a mezzanine floor is dedicated to a study room, bathroom and an open hall.

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Ground floor plan

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Mezzanine floor plan

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Roof floor plan

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Section

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

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Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

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Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Elevation

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Elevation

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Elevation

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Axonometric drawing

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Image © Felix Illustra

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Image © Felix Illustra

Rural house is renovated with 100 per cent local materials by Anatomies d’Architecture in Normandy

Image © Felix Illustra

Project facts

Project name: Le Costil

Architecture: Anatomies d’Architecture

Lead architects: Mathis Rager, Emmanuel Stern, Raphaël Walther

Location: Sap-en-Auge, Normandy, France

Size: 83m2

Completion year: 2022

Manufacturers: Depuis 1920, Couverture Grolleau, Scheck & Déco, Eco-Pertica

All photographs © Olivier Sabatier unless otherwise stated. 

All drawings © Anatomies d’Architecture.

Illustrations © Felix Illustra.

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