Today we're diving into a project that's as refreshing as a countryside breeze. Forget what you know about traditional architecture; we're about to explore a space that's alive and breathing. Welcome to HOURRÉ by Collectif Encore (link in French), a project that's redefining what it means to live in harmony with nature.
The Love Story: How It All Began
Collectif Encore stumbled upon an old, dilapidated farm building at the border of the Basque Country and Béarn. But instead of seeing ruins, they saw a canvas for imagination. When they first opened the door, they discovered a "forest" where the main room had turned into a clearing due to a collapsed roof. Their first thought? "Let's not change a thing."
The Illusion of Space: Open Roof, Open Possibilities
Just like wall-hung fixtures can maximize floor space in a small bathroom, Collectif Encore decided to keep the roof's opening intact. This not only lets natural light flood in but also creates the illusion of a larger, more open space.
Mirror, Mirror on the Sky: Natural Light Magic
Remember how mirrors can make a small bathroom feel larger? Well, the open roof and sliding exterior windows in this project do the same. They let the natural light bounce around, illuminating the space and creating a sense of openness.
Vertical Greenery: The Sky's the Limit
In small bathrooms, vertical storage is a lifesaver. Similarly, Collectif Encore designed the house to welcome vertical greenery—birds, flowers, and plants—as part of its living ecosystem. It's like having a vertical garden right in your living room!
Make a Statement: The Power of Thick Walls
In a world obsessed with air conditioning, this house uses its 80 cm thick stone walls to naturally regulate temperature. It's a statement piece that not only looks good but also feels good.
Cohesion is Key: Bioclimatic Design
Just like a cohesive colour scheme can make a small bathroom look harmonious, the bioclimatic design of this house offers different microclimates that work in harmony to make the space feel comfortable and inviting.
Accessibility: Ramps Over Elevators
One family member uses a wheelchair, so instead of installing an elevator, they opted for wooden ramps. It's a practical and stylish solution that adds to the house's charm.
HOURRÉ by Collectif Encore is more than just a house; it's a living, breathing entity that changes and adapts, just like its inhabitants. It's a space that's not just beautiful but also happy, capable of sharing its joy with everyone and everything that enters it. So, are you ready to rethink what a home can be?
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For more details, check out the official project page.