The Best Buildings out of Natural Materials

Kindergarten in Paris, © 11h45 - Florent Michel

At the end of the year, we present three buildings made of natural material that have convinced our editorial team in every aspect.

New hybrid daycare centre in Paris by Atelier Régis Roudil, © 11h45 - Florent Michel

Close to the Eiffel Tower, the French national administration commissioned a new kindergarten in ecological standards. On the long sides the timber frame structure is filled with extensive glazing, practically closed cubes of rammed earth were placed at both ends of the building. The ecological range of materials is continued inside the building, as also evidenced by a poured floor covering in recycled cork. The architects reckon that around 82 % of the entire building mass consist of wood. Continue reading

Three-storey pavilion in Almere by DP6 Architectuurstudio, © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

The three-storey pavilion, designed by DP6 Architectuurstudio for the 2022 Floriade garden show, consists of 95 % recycled materials and renewable resources. Cubic wooden modules frame a central atrium and a planted roof equipped with a photovoltaic system. Even the 800 steel nodes as around 12,5 t of glass fitted into the pavilion are recycled. An incredible variety of organic materials such as flax and straw, an organic synthetic material made of pepper stalks, acoustic elements from mycelia and cellulose obtained from grass is used for interior wall coverings. Continue reading

Flora Observatory near Barcelona, © Adrià Goula

The Flora Observatory rises into the forest canopy of Collserola Natural Park. A team of IAAC students designed and built the ecologically interactive research station, which enables naturalists to explore local biodiversity at the treetop level. Along with working and projection spaces the observatory contains a room for bird-watching and a weather station. Sustainable forest management of timber from the immediate surroundings adheres the project to the zero-mile philosophy. Continue reading

Find out more on this topic under Climate & Resources, in Detail 11.2023 and in our Detail Inspiration database.

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