karawitz architecture: passive house, bessancourt karawitz architecture: passive house, bessancourt
jul 09, 2010

karawitz architecture: passive house, bessancourt

passive house in bessancourt by karawitz architecture all images courtesy karawitz architecture

french firm karawitz architecture have developed a passive house in bessancourt, near paris, france.

the house is closed to the north to limit heat loss and opened to the south benefitting from free solar energy. aesthetically, it is an abstract replica of a traditional house.

the second skin of the houses design is untreated bamboo which envelopes the frame in solid wood panels. the cladding, which becomes grey over time, is an interpretation of the traditional barns in the part of the ile-de-france region where the house is situated. it passes in front of the windows to the north and finishes by unfolding on to the roof. identical shutters are fitted on large bay windows to the south to provide shade and light in the house, during the day or at night. photovoltaic panels on the roof round off the program, producing 2695 kwh/yr in energy. the foundation slab is the only concrete element, the entire structure is created from the assembly oflarge solid wood panels, which have been prefabricated in a workshop.

when the shutters are all closed

the bamboo connected to a steel frame

the balcony

the living area

kitchen

living area

the dividing wall…

can be opened up

staircase

circular holes provide views into connecting rooms

staircase

the corridor

upstairs living space

bathroom

shower

main bedroom

the entrance

in the evening

entrance and car port

floor plan

section view

elevation view

site plan

project info: type: residential  – single family residence location: bessancourt, france client: private building status: built in 2009 site type: suburban

  • Spectacular!!!!!!!

    M.A. Enriquez says:
  • nice

    pp says:
  • What a lovely building. Incredibly attractive in texture, color shape and flexibility of the exterior.

    rcvs1 says:
  • too many similarities to the mada s.p.a.m ‘s “Father House”

    Even a bamboo in the front!

    Eth says:
  • i can understand passive house near stockholm or in finland, but this project sounds like something not logical. paris climate is so gentle you even don’t have a need to invest in passivity.

    4 says:
  • Sublime! Interesting, traditional exterior and real warmth in the interior d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Sublime! Interesting, traditional exterior and real warmth in the interior d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • il faut reconnaitre. C’est vraiment pas mal. Ce projet devrait representer un certain futur de l’architecture passive. Faire de la bell archi ecolo c’est possible.

    David Hingamp says:
  • fantastikkkkk

    elena says:
  • “i can understand passive house near stockholm or in finland, but this project sounds like something not logical. paris climate is so gentle you even don’t have a need to invest in passivity.”

    please back to school. it seems that you didn’t get the whole energy efficiency thing …

    realist says:
  • i think “4” is thinking of passive house as passivhaus which is different than designing a ‘passive house’ with passive strategies. considering the growing application of passivhaus in europe i too am wondering which “passive house” this is.

    nomad757 says:

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