Our proposition seeks to infuse new life to nowadays housing:
AFFORDABLE: low-purchase price houses and cheaper in current expenses.
FLEXIBLE: flexible housing that adapt to the evolution of people’s needs over the years.
DESIRABLE: innovative housing that offers an attractive and privileged frame.
To answer these challenges we have conceived a completely new approach:
EVOLUTIONARY HOUSING: LET’S ANTICIPATE TOMORROW’S NEEDS
Houses are conceived as volumes that are to be converted and adapted.
The original state is a 45 m² two-room house accessible by people with reduced mobility and adapted to seniors.
Prefabricated wood-frame panels allow buyers to add additional spaces at the time of purchase or later depending on their needs:
– habitable surface (up to extra 90m² if the whole volume is occupied, giving a total of 135m² (a 6 room-house),
– open spaces: covered or temperate (terrace, veranda, greenhouse…),
– a stacked apartment with an independent access offering an enormous flexibility during use (accommodation for an independent child, seasonal rental…).
The use of prefabricated modules with standardised dimensions makes the development of the house easier, faster and cheaper.
COMMON SPACES : TO MUTUALIZE IN ORDER TO OFFER MORE FACILITIES TO EVERYBODY
The creation of mutualized spaces provides the habitants ample and equipped spaces at a low cost:
– Craft workshop
– Multipurpose room that can be used as a meeting place, for events, coworking or even as a childcare space.
– Equipped laundry room.
Besides, the installation of common technical equipments (wood-fired heating plant) allows to generate savings during the construction of the building but also reduces daily energy expenses (heating and hot water).
VIRTUOUS FRUGALITY : DO BETTER WITH LESS
The research for economical and ecological optimization has pushed us to conceive a simple and rational project.
The construction system based on prefabricated wood panels allows to optimize costs and to limit noise and pollution in the work site, particularly in dense urban environments. It’s also an ecological choice that lessens energy expenses and the whole life cycle balance of the buildings.
The possibility of installing greenhouses on the roofs offers every dwelling the possibility to grow up to 50% of their annual consumption of fruits and vegetables. It’s a local, healthy and responsible alternative to mass distribution and a very important source of savings for the low-income habitants. It’s also a social activity that boosts neighborhoods networks (mutual aid, grain exchanges, meals…).
Responsive housing is a sober and meticulous architecture. A candid reflection of reality, it’s the expression of a dwelling adapted to its inhabitants. Throughout the years and the evolutions, the row house changes its face, it diversifies, it enriches. It tells the history of the habitants.