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


passive house in bessancourt by karawitz architecture
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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

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