The Architecteurs, the primary national network of architects and builders, came together and selected, during their annual great Congress (from June 25-28, 2014) the award winners of the 2014 Architecteurs Exhibit-Competition. For the 9th year in a row, the professionals making up the jury also rewarded the best achievements among a large selection of architectural creations, reflective of the know how and expertise of the participating architects.
For the 2014 competition, the jury selected winners among 57 projects divided in five categories:
- Dwelling (new constructions)
- Rehabilitation (renovations)
- Enterprise (enterprise, commerce, services, industry)
- VEFA (purchase of property not yet complete)
- Special ICAR Prize (businessmen collaborating with the Architecteurs during research)
The projects presented this year distinguished themselves in their diversity and thought towards existing contexts, technical and environmental constraints, as well as on the building level and material implementation.
1. Dwelling Category (new construction): Happiness beside the meadow; Aprime Architecteurs: Arnaud Poidevin
Located in the middle of Brittany's countryside, this 167 square meter house is perched at the top of a site made up of old buildings in the style of the era. It frames the depth of the terrain in order to fully take advantage of the view of the horses in the background. With a stylistic interplay between old and contemporary, this house perfectly finds its place in the landscape through its anachronistic vocabulary.
2. Rehabilitation Category (addition/renovation): On high ground: Changing course and altitude toward a new horizon; Archiplus: D. Stramba, E. Badiali, V. Gasnier, V. Gerard
This 211 square meter neo-Brittanic villa from the 1960s got another wind thanks to work done on its profile and volumes. The installation of large vertical openings now allows its inhabitants to benefit from natural lighting and a clear, unbeatable view of the ocean and the horizon.
3. Enterprise Category (small tertiary): Delicacies kiosk: Wooden skin for contemporary urban furniture; Ec(h)ome Construction: Stephane Marteau
The city of Vizille (38) wanted to replace its aging delicacies kiosk located at the entry of the castle with movable urban furniture of a contemporary architectural design. This was achieved through this 15 square meter kiosk mostly made of wood with foundations in the landscape and integrated in the life of the city.
It is made up of a low part coated in metal for the counter and a wooden skin, cut into articulated laminates, allowing for securely closing the kiosk and making up a sheltering volume while the kiosk is open.
4. VEFA Category (Sale of a property yet to be completed) and ICAR Prize: Flammarion's Orchards: diversity and coherence in order to revalorize a neighborhood; Baymont Promotion: Cedric Louard and Jean-Dominique Daragnes
This promotion project for four individual houses aims to revalorize an Essonne neighborhood by inserting itself in the existing urban tissue and densifying it. The differentiated treatment of each house allowed for bringing diversity to the whole while maintaining overall coherence. Emphasis was particularly placed on comfort and quality of life through the use of noble materials (wood and zinc) and exacting work done on the thermal performance of the residences. The 325 square meter project also received the BBC (low-consumption building) accreditation.
Made up today of 150 organizations, 300 architects and 1,000 partners, the Architecteurs is the primary national network of architectural general contractors, combining the expertise of project management and construction. With mastery over the entire mission of the building practice, they participate daily in all types of individual and group dwelling projects, tertiary and industrial buildings.
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Original article, originally published in French, here.
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