franklin azzi architecture: passive house, normandy france franklin azzi architecture: passive house, normandy france
may 25, 2009

franklin azzi architecture: passive house, normandy france

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

franklin azzi architecture designed ‘passive house’, through renovating a former hunting house in normandy, france. the extension consists of wood, canvas covers a camouflage of the cuban army. above is a wooden terrace overlooking the valley. slabs of the house to the left and right include a heated floor and external industrial sockets. in front of the house is a bunker made from concrete for an office.

the project meets the requirements of high environmental quality as it includes rainwater collection,  the use of solar energy (hybrid) and geothermal energy, and reduction of raw material by optimizing the efforts to structure. the assembly of the structure was done on site with all recyclable materials from a distance of 100km.  wood and vegetable fibers are used for the walls providing insulation and  windows provide natural ventilation, etc.

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

the former hunting house image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

construction of ‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

construction of ‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ bedroom image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ interior image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

‘passive house’ by franklin azzi architecture image courtesy franklin azzi architecture

client: vw architect: franklin azzi architecture area: 60m 2 land area: 1600m 2 estimated cost of the operation: 150 000 euros delivery date: december 2007 time frame: 8 months activity: house construction company : mrc : denis le moine construction location: normandy france yport

  • really good

    tokostyler says:

    morky says:
  • may I visit and stay a long while?

    Debbie says:
  • Love it!

    wury says:
  • excuse me, but can somebody tell me where are the solar panels? I can see them in renders but not real life..

    And where are the watering harvesting systems?

    And much more important… WHAT tha heck are those military tents doing there???

    l3utterfish says:
  • so they went for the child friendly option 🙂

    Malco says:
  • really amaizing…

    capatol says:
  • interesting, i wasnt sure which way this was going to go for a second, military bunker style or environmentally friendly style.
    cool designs though. how well do the vegetable fibers insulate?

    joybox says:
  • Wow Darwin would be proud… no railings look mom! Splat!

    Mr. Meyers says:
  • Just average TBH, design isn’t really inventive, what were the tents all about? a bunker office in the middle of nowhere what for protection from ze germans? Wheres the solar panels? I see loads of roof space wasted, vegetable fibres? is it really ever a good idea to use food for anything other than eating? look at how biofuels have pushed up world food prices to an unprecedented level. And how can it be justified to use all that wood in a structure that only needed it for beauty purposes? seriously I’m all for green and conserving resources but f*cking stupid stupid people who only think of the outcome on their end piss me the f*ck off.

    Gazzy says:
  • Really Amazing, Very beautiful house.

    Marc Kroon says:
  • nice space,would not feel relaxed on balconies with no railings,and totaly out of bounds for children.

    rooniware says:
  • estupido ….

    reese says:
  • Nice house. This looks likes my dream house.
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    John Assam says:
  • It’s very nice, but… 150,000 Euros for 60m²? You can’t be serious… I’d have pulled down the place completely and built something reasonable.. 😉

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  • wow what a architecture
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    IYF NEPAL says:
  • I like the concept, but am also unable to see the solar panels or any evidence of water collection. Don’t mind the wood being used as it is beautiful, but really would like to see some form of railing on the balconies. Not sure about how ‘passive’ heated concrete floors are and really, really don’t like the cuban camouflage tents – that’s just ugly.

    Meredith says:
  • Why are the rafters so huge, they are a massive overkill and waste of materials, that is, if this is supposed to be eco-friendly. If you are using the rafters as a design element, okay, but eco-friendly? NO! I do like the house though, very nice.

    Martin says:
  • THIS is INCREDIBLE! TO THINK that a POST W.W.II ,run – down ,former hunters’ Cabin could be Re-tooled into something GRANDER than a Beach-House on Malibu,CA. in the Early 1980s’ !! “ONE FACET, ONE CONCEPT– at a TIME!!

    H. SHANAFELT says:
  • This house seems quite pointless…

    CTH says:
  • When are they going to finish it????

    trago69 says:
  • Awesome build…

    andy - says:
  • it’s beautiful!

    anna says:

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