c0067/ 2013 – Architects & Artisans « Organic and Passive Solar in Brittany »

 » Organic and Passive Solar in Brittany

French architect Patrice Bideau adheres to the principles of 
organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and David Pearson.  
He recently designed and built a passive solar home in a town 
in Brittany in an area made up of medieval townhouses 
overlooking the busy and historic port of Saint Goustan, where 
Benjamin Franklin landed in 1776. 
A+A interviewed him via email:

What’s the history of this site? 

In the port of Saint Goustan in Auray, this is the bottom area 
the city and it’s protected because of the ruins of the castle 
of Auray, and half-timbered houses. The property is on the heights 
but not far from the port.

What is the intent of the design here?

It is an almost passive bioclimatic house – a wooden house with 
high thermal inertia.

Where does it draw its inspiration?

From architect David Pearson’s proposed list of rules toward 
organic architecture, known as the “Gaia Charter” for organic 
architecture and design.  I also appreciate the work of the 
Belgian and Hungarian schools, and in particular Imre Makovecz

What were the challenges involved?

The search for energy efficiency with minimum heat input, good 
air-tightness with a vapor barrier, a sunscreen with wooden 
sliding shutters, and a clear path to an ecological insulation 
in cellulose 
and mud brick behind the stove..../..."


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