‘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.

 

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar 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.

 

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar 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.  

 

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar sliding doors to the hangar

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar interior of work space

raum architects: oyster farm hangar transformable dining area, closed off from the rest of the lounge

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar dining area and house opened up with the hangar n the background

raum architects: oyster farm hangar window seating area

raum architects: oyster farm hangar wood burning furnace that heats the whole structure

raum architects: oyster farm hangar green roof system

raum architects: oyster farm hangar roof top patio

raum architects: oyster farm hangar elevation

raum architects: oyster farm hangar

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar model

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar site plan

 

raum architects: oyster farm hangar floor plan

raum architects: oyster farm hangar longitudinal section