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Location

Mions, France

Status

Completed
2014

Client

Porte des Alpes

Budget

£2.7 million

RIBA workstages

Concept to Completion

We won this social housing project in Mions, France, through a competition launched in the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union).

Approach

The small but ambitious project, built entirely from timber, was selected for its exemplary environmental credentials, and the sense of community that the design engenders.

Design

The scheme, in a suburb outside Lyon, comprises of nine homes across three low-rise buildings. It boasts a timber structure, wood fibre insulation and timber board cladding. A communal biomass boiler, fired by wood pellets, provides the heat network across all nine homes.

Result

The three buildings are grouped around a central courtyard, which provides parking and access to and from each home. Individual owned gardens behind each building, orientated towards the sun, create a harmonious balance between personal and communal outdoor space within the development.