sustainable pavilion by st. andré lang architectes made from corn and wood sustainable pavilion by st. andré lang architectes made from corn and wood
aug 05, 2012

sustainable pavilion by st. andré lang architectes made from corn and wood

‘tourner autour du ried’ by st. andré-lang architectes

armed with a 7000€ budget st. andré-lang architectes have designed ‘tourner autour du ried’ a 20 sqm housing prototype constructed in a protected area in the village of muttersholtz, in the north-east of france. the pavilion has been designed to follow a simple generative shape, namely a circle, allowing for views of the entire surrounding landscape. characterized by the presence of a light shaft in its middle, the indoor set-up has consequently been chosen according to the sun’s position and its daily east-to-west cycle.

to the north – the entrance side – a low-ceiling volume (night/sleeping area) leads to a social/working one in the eastern part of the building; a more generous space in the southern part opens up to the sky. the design is closely linked to all the natural elements with the rhythm of the openings dependent on the sun’s position as well. the facade – besides operating as a partition between the inside and the outside – becomes functional and takes on a new dimension. its form is influenced by the corn dryers in the alsace plains which are used for cob drying and storage – dried corn cobs fill the interior wood structure and external stainless steel mesh exterior to form the walls and act as insulation and protection. as the living unit transitions with the seasons, the building’s external characteristics blur the immediate reading of the object, almost erasing the pavilion itself. the central patio, at the heart of ‘tourner autour du ried’, mirrors the desire to let nature enter the house. the furniture, consisting of just one block extending around the entire house, integrates the needs of different daily activities. planted with local species, this building becomes a metaphor for the natural landscape of the ried in alsace. in this way, it lies at the meeting point between unspoiled nature and controlled cultivation, becoming the basis for sustainable development.

the living space is situated in a protected area in the north-east of france amongst corn fields

the facade’s openings are positioned to take advantage of the sun’s position

the circular shape of the structure allows views of the surrounding environment

the entrance is located at north

the facade is influenced by traditional corn dryers and becomes functional

the one block furniture extends the entire perimeter of the pavilion

despite its compact size, the pavilion integrates the needs of various daily activities

openings from the inside



construction detail

project info:

project: tourner autour du ried design: january-march 2012 completion: may 2012 location: muttersholtz, france area: 20 sqm budget: 7000€ incl. vat materials: douglas fir, stainless steel wire netting, corn cobs, PVC free canvas

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  • minimalism works

    CJXJC says:
  • I find it fantastic!
    =] Laura[/url]

    Laubao says:
  • This is awsome I would love to have this in my back yard!

    s.dee says:
  • lol…sweet corn doom?

    crows says:
  • would love to see a night shot!

    Liz C. says:
  • it is very nice, i like it. but what happens with rot, mold, decay, insects and animals? it’s a very real problem that could wind up eating away at all the beauty of the project, until you’re left with a fancy trashcan holding bio-waste.

    reality says:
  • As it is explained in the text, the facade is supposed to function like a traditional corn dryer. So maybe you could just remove dried corn and replace it with fresh one!

    Paul says:
  • hope they have a cat

    dbkii says:
  • sensacional

    ACM Brasil says:
  • Nice but…. where are the sustainability?

    Diego Sandoval says:

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