raum architects: oyster farm hangar
raum architects: oyster farm hangar raum architects: oyster farm hangar
nov 04, 2010

raum architects: oyster farm hangar

‘oyster farm hangar’ by raum architects in bretagne, france all images courtesy raum architects photographer: audrey cerdan




‘oyster farm hangar’ by french practice raum architects is a temporary dwelling and work space for an oyster farmer in the countryside of bretagne, france. the design and operations of the structure aim to reflect the nature of the site, the etel estuary, which is constantly in flux: a basin at low tide and a sea loch at high tide. similarly, the small house responds and transforms, dividing and opening up the space to accommodate the needs of the user.



the house in context


conceived as a system with multiple configurations, the house is composed of two main areas: a hangar, and an office/lounge space which hosts a kitchen, dining room, and seating area. acting as a buffer between the two zones is an ample-sized patio space, which has the option of being either open or closed off to the house and the exterior. circumscribed in a series of sliding glass doors, the patio space can act as a light well to brighten up the interiors even when it is shut off from the outside. a large window to the east provides views of the surrounding scenery while providing flexible seating with a wide framing structure. a single wood space heater heats the entire wooden structure.



looking into the interior



the hangar is an open work space defined by its exposed wooden frame. clad in translucent plastic behind the house’s vertical slat skin, the area requires minimal amount of artificial lighting. while it is set aside as a separate ‘wing’ to the dwelling, the space can easily be integrated both visually and physically by opening up the patio area.



sliding doors to the hangar


interior of work space

transformable dining area, closed off from the rest of the lounge


dining area and house opened up with the hangar n the background

window seating area

wood burning furnace that heats the whole structure

green roof system

roof top patio





site plan


floor plan

longitudinal section

  • Completely perfect.

    mathew says:
  • NICE ONE!!!
    good to see that good architecture can be so simple!

    michael says:
  • It’s nice architecture but unfortunately places form over function. I don’t think there’s ample room to do serious oyster production here. When you take the oysters out of the water, you need to be able to access the same estuary water indoors to contain the oysters. They can’t just be placed in any old water or else they’ll lose their flavor, salinity or die. Not sure if real oyster farming needs were considered in this design, which ultimately makes me think of it as a minimalist house rather than an oyster farm.

    julie says:
  • very nice

    ab says:
  • very livable, very real, very tangible.

    j lacape says:
  • I like it, but gosh it looks like a coffin from certain angles.

    Andy says:

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