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Petit Bayle: Vicky Thornton with Jef Smith of MELD

This house, located in the Tarn et Garonne region of south-west France, is built on a steeply sloping greenfield site

It is expressed in two distinct parts: the rubble limestone base contains a bedroom, pottery studio, shower and utility rooms, while the chestnut-clad timber frame above houses the main living and bedroom spaces. Robust and low-tech, the house is highly insulated and utilises passive heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting and solar thermal panels for domestic hot water. It has a green roof and was built with locally sourced materials and labour.

  • Project: Petit Bayle, St Amans De Pellagal, France
    Architect: Vicky Thornton with Jef Smith of MELD
    Cost: £237,000

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