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Bambou House

The first passive house in France, mooving with its time

location
Val d’Oise (95)

type
passive private-housing

client
private

year
2009

surface
160 m²

budget
300 000 €

certification
Passivhaus

consumption
11kWh/m²a

Big news : the housing is getting a new skin ! The Bamboo House is a regular spotlight and for good reason, it is the first certified passive house in France. Described as a « pioneer house in this field » by Cécile Duflot then Minister of Housing during her visit in 2012, the house is legendary for its many thermal innovations and its integral construction in solid wood. Located in the town center of Bessancourt, a small town in the Val d’Oise, next to the library and the 12th century church, the house is located at the crossing of two town centers: the farm buildings of the old town of on one side, and the new pavilions as one sees everywhere in France on the other. The house stands out from this hybrid context to offer with its innovative passive system a resolutely contemporary appearance. By respecting the rules of urban planning in force which define its volume – the famous roof with two sides, the house reinterprets this typical form in a sculptural and contemporary writing. It is covered in bamboo, because after all, it does not have to get dressed as in the last century. Large openwork gets shuttered thanks to folding doors on the both levels of the south facade, which appearance changes according to their position. This way, the inhabitants can choose continuity with the garden or to isolate themselves in a closed volume, which still allows light to pass. The internal organization is pretty traditional, it follows a rigorous but flexible framework thanks to its removable partitions. In this school-case of bioclimatic architecture, the kitchen, the living room and the three bedrooms upstairs are oriented to the south, while the serving rooms are undoubtedly placed to the north. An ingenious device separates them: a narrow carrier frame made out of wood panels, which contains all the technical elements, girdles, electrical wires, cupboards, kitchen and laundry. The passive and bioclimatic architecture of the house translates into an aesthetic that is freed from the past, through raw materials and visible ventilation.

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