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apr 14, 2011

guinee potin: ecomuseum

‘eco museum’ by guinee potin in rennes, france all images courtesy guinee potin photographer: stéphane chalmeau

nantes-based architects guinee potin have completed ‘eco museum’, a public educational facility in rennes, france. in order to clearly communicate the nature of the program, the design incorporates ‘honest’ and ‘eco-biological’ materials, finishes and elements in the building’s expression.

exterior view

wrapped in a skin of chestnut shingles, the dominant character of the museum’s exterior expression is organic and natural. the structure becomes a type of signage, clearly conveying the purpose of the building from the outside. cantilevering over the main entrance to form a shade is a linear volume that houses the office and administrative programs. this inserted volume continues its structure into the lobby space, with small internal windows offering views into the common space.

facade treatment

untreated trunks of trees serve as structural supports throughout the building, giving the impression of the architecture ”growing” in its foundation. the roof hosts a  large area of growing vegetation which provides insulation and cuts down on cooling costs. 

green roof

(left) untreated lumber as structural components (right) interior view of office space overlooking the parking lot

lobby

entrance

elevated administrative volume

night view

in context

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

longitudinal section

  • I fail to see the “ecology” behind cutting down hundreds of trees to apply in the “make-up” of this building.

    It seems to me that the best “eco”museum would be a natural environment such as a forest.

    djorge says:
  • contrary to popular opinion, the cutting down of trees is not in itself an ecologically unfriendly action – trees are a renewable and manageable resource

    politcally corrected says:
  • in many buildings one is expected to remove one’s shoes – here I feel I would be expected to don a pair of birkenstocks

    I really like the zig-zag wall, but seriously question the environmental efficacy of something that uses twice as much material and creates twice as much surface area exposed to the elements

    dbkii says:
  • @dbkii: The horizontal and angular roof surfaces are chiefly live plant matter, which IS elemental.

    Form (and materials) = Function (and image)

    Should be an excellent teaching aid, as was intended.

    Tom P says:
  • does it have earthquake resisting capacity????no u better think about that!!!!!!!!!1

    ayde says:
  • i think it will be better to not only apply natural elements but also apply the system of nature as the building system. ok. this building has already apply green roof, but i still wondering is the green roof can subtitutes land surface that already covered by the building. and better that the untreated trunk column not just as a symbol of nature but its should reflected that the building has a system as a tree (keep the ground water storage)

    zoobee says:

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