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