Skillfully blending the basics of frugality and sustainability into a beautiful home design, a French company Studiolada Architects has just unveiled the Open Source House. The team took a straightforward approach to home design, forgoing unnecessary elements such as plaster and paint in favor of sustainable local wood both inside and out. In order to promote responsible and affordable construction practices, Studiolada published the construction plans for the house for the use of all.
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Located in Baccarat, France, the Open Source House – which measures just over 1,200 feet and includes a separate garage – was built for a retired couple who were looking to create a home as profitable and energy efficient as possible. As a result, the architects decided to simplify the design of the house, opting instead for a strategic combination of basic elements to create a stunning design.
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Using wood panels as the main building material reduced the overall cost and footprint of the project, as the wood beams and wall panels were cut and varnished in a nearby workshop. Precast concrete was used to embed the support beams, which were then clad with wood panels. In fact, wood covers just about everything in the house, from the walls and floor to the ceiling and partitions. Durable materials such as cellulose wadding and wood fibers have even been used to insulate the house.
By leaving the wood panels exposed instead of covering them with plaster and paint, the design team achieved a clean, minimalist interior that’s both warm and welcoming. The open plan layout includes a living room, kitchen and mezzanine located on the first floor, and the bedrooms and bathroom are on the upper level. The living room opens onto a spacious terrace and a private courtyard. Large glass panels provide optimal natural light inside and connect the house to its natural surroundings.
If you are inclined to create a similar house, you can view plans, sections, details, cost estimates and descriptions for free. here.
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