client: Château de la Bourdaisière - France Bois Forêt - Caisse des Dépôts
location: Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
year: 2017-2020
category: individual housing - cultural installation  
statut: under construction
team: Matthieu Boustany, Benoist Desfonds, Peeraya Suphasidh
local executive architect : Isabelle Poulain Architecte
Photographer : Atelier Vincent Hecht
contractor : Boussiquet clt: Piveteau insulation: Pavatex sawmill: l’André
surface: 55 m2

« a housing prototype composed exclusively of wood »
Taking place in the area of the Château de la Bourdaisière gives us the opportunity to link a historic and cultural place with contemporary life. «Le Château Ambulant» questions the flexibility and maneuverability of the wood material by manipulating the typology of the individual dwelling. Two thin openings are cut out of a monolithic volume to let in the light and glimpses of the surrounding. The project generates a progressive field of vision onto the forest, as to better integrate itself into the external environment. In the thick shell, a fluid space offers a variety of spatial configurations to reinvent everyday gestures. Materiality of the house makes it possible to negotiate the boundary between the inside and the outside. Taking advantage of the structural forms specific to wooden assemblies, onecontinuous surface extends across the entire space. The smooth finish of the interior is contrasted by the exterior of thick, weather-resistant wood. Only by the rough structural trunks piercing the floor remind us that the house remains anchored to the ground.

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