NZI : 13 maisons en bois-paille

Odelaf sang that sadness, "It's when you have to live in Nogent-le-Rotrou". He certainly never saw the latest achievement of the Parisian firm NZI that sublimates the green landscape of the town of Eure and Loir. The project questions the notions of grouped individual housing and subdivisions through 13 graphic houses. Simple and efficient !

In the process of transformation, the Gauchières district is hosting 13 new social housing, following the demolition of an 2014 bar. Comprising four T5s and nine T4s, the 1 200 set of square meters of floor area is inspired by the aesthetics of the childhood center, which faces children's codes of children's drawings, whose homes are often represented by a block overhanging with a two-sided roof.

A humble achievement whose strengths lie in the materials. The architects were keen to experiment with a bio-based process on a project of this scale before applying it to larger scale projects. This desire is reflected today in the envelope of these homes: the walls, which are neither more nor less than wooden boxes, are filled with straw boots compressed 36 centimeters thick from the region.

Just as natural, the wooden cladding benefits from three different finishes, punctuating the whole linear. In this way, tenants can evolve into autoclave pine fireplaces, whose hue will tend to gray over time as well as in houses with whitewashed façades thanks to a film-forming paint. Finally, the most original will certainly look at dark constructions in saturated wood. A sober choice boosted by a game of calepinage reinforcing the pace of these houses.

A new impetus for a changing neighborhood.

To learn more, visit the site of NZI

Photographs: Juana Sepulveda Grazioli

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