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AW2 pronounced winner of the 2015 Pyramides d’Argent

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 9, 2015 in Architecture
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Paris-based architecture firm AW2 have recently won the prestigious Pyramides d'Argent for their project Les Lodges

Awarded in the category of Innovation by the Fédération des promoteurs immobiliers (FPI), Les Lodges was a response to creating sustainable homes for the region of Chanteloup-en-Brie (Seine-et-Marne). The Local Planning and Development Authority for Marne-la-vallée, Epamarne, the municipality of Chanteloup-en-Brie, stated that they want construction in the area to reflect innovative design and to be energy conscious, in a bid to create homes that sit well within the natural surroundings of the region.

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The lodges are completely scalable, meaning that the houses can be enlarged with the addition of wooden prefabricated modules. Growing families can effectively be catered for with growing houses, with additional work only taking a few months to complete. They were designed using bio-source materials such as hemp wool as insulation in the timber frame and covering, so as to limit environmental impact. The exterior wood cladding and woodwork are solid wood that is treated with a non-film glaze. The lodges endeavour to obtain the Passive Building energy label, representing the highest level of energy efficiency.

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