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Meld reveals corrugated cement-clad home in France

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] London-based meldarchitecture has unveiled images of designs for a new home four-bedroom home in the South of France

Sited within the rural landscape, the four-bedroom 165m² house in South West France is clad in corrugated fibre cement sheet, a material more commonly associated with agricultural architecture.

Construction on the house is set to start in Summer 2014.

meld architecture montbarla house

The architect’s view

‘This proposal for a four bedroom house, in the Tarn et Garonne region of South West France, is configured in a single pitched roof volume, clad in corrugated fibre cement sheet, and aligns with the contours of the site which slopes down from the approach road. Both the form and material are intended to have some association with contemporary agricultural and industrial buildings of the region.

‘The majority of openings are to the south enjoying the expansive views across the landscape and allowing high levels of passive solar heating over when required over the winter.

‘During the summer months these openings are shaded by perforated metal shutters which also provide enhanced security when the house is unoccupied. Concrete columns and floor slab, which provide thermal mass, will be cast on site with a timber frame construction used for the main body of the house.

‘A variety of fruit trees are proposed to the west side of the house while the rest of the site is to be simply seeded with wild flowers selected to provide a variety of colours and flowering periods from spring through to autumn.’

Project data

Location Montbarla, Tarn et Garonne,   France
Type of project residential
Client private
Architect meldarchitecture
Structural engineers Poles Apart
M&E consultant Be3c
Quantity surveyor Poles Apart
Main contractor Poles Apart
Funding private
Gross internal floor area 165m²
Specific environmental targets B-Bio de la Règlementation Thermique 2012

Readers' comments (1)

  • This looks an exciting project for a rural location - difficult to imagine getting planning permission for a similar project in rural England.

    I look forward to seeing the photos when completed.

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