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Under 30s contest launched for French cycle cabins

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An international contest has been launched for a series of cycle cabins on the Loire à Vélo trail in France

Open to graduate and student architects under 30 years old, the ‘Loire & Loges’ contest seeks proposals for simple 15m² cabins where cycle tourists can shelter during the day and rest overnight.

The demountable structures will be based on the traditional ‘loge’ used by itinerant wine-workers travelling through region since the 16th century.

According to the brief: ‘These buildings with only one room offered to wine growers a shelter during the long days of work, whether during winter or summer.’

It continued: ‘Once those little cabins were used by people “on the road”, wanderers looking for a refuge for the night when going from one village to the other. The idea is to reinvent this use and to inscribe it in our contemporary world.’

Two winning schemes will be built by the French Building Federation and a local construction school between January and May.

The structures will be constructed at Savonnières and Chouzé-sur-Loire which are both towns on the Loire à Vélo trail.

The 800 kilometre cycle route follows France’s longest river and connects Saint-Brevin-les-Pins on the coast with Cuffy in-land.

An exhibition of 25 selected entries will also feature at the Maison de l’Architecture Centre in Paris.

The deadline for registration is 30 November.

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