Christophe Hutin Architecture : Maison Séchoir

In the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne vineyards, Christophe Hutin undertakes the rehabilitation of a tobacco drying shed in contemporary housing. An idea that came to him following the nostalgic request of a client who used to play there as a child and who now wanted to live there as an adult.

The figure of the tobacco dryer is an important part of the cultural and historical heritage of the region. Out of order for many years, this large black building was not obsolete for everyone. Impressed by memories for its current resident, the master builder had to give back to this building its dignity of yesteryear while inscribing it in a contemporary approach.


A habitable part was thus created, while preserving the technical principles of the building, like the transversal ventilation or the cladding in dark vertical wood, typical of the constructions of this typology.

The living area is actually smaller than the original size of the tobacco barn. A loss of space compensated by the structure of the penates. Christophe Hutin has indeed realized the living part in the form of a glass cube, thus preserving the notion of space and allowing its residents to admire the original frames, illuminated against the night dive, thanks to the ceiling of glass. The techniques used for this habitat are unusual since it is not based on foundations but on stones, in keeping with the primary structural stability of the tobacco barn.

Like what, the playgrounds of our childhood can turn into winks into a place of warm, comfortable and authentic everyday life.

The project is selected for the ADC Awards 2019 in the category Housing / House

To learn more, visit the ADC Awards website et from Christophe Hutin

Photographs: DR

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