This agricultural shed built in the middle of the fields quickly became an industrial warehouse in the center of a residential area. The history of the building is linked to the urbanization of the metropolitan area of Rennes.
When the owner retired, he wanted to enhance his old workplace by transforming it into a home.
The volumes and the existing oak woods have been preserved: they constitute the traces of its industrial past. They become the backbone of two new homes. The historic structure has been enhanced and reused to support the photovoltaic roof of the house. The project plays on the contradiction and the complex relationship between low and high tech.
Each house has a large double-height living room that opens onto the garden. A large winter garden becomes an extension of the house and blurs the boundary between inside and outside.
Entirely designed with wooden frame walls and covered with a chestnut cladding, the two houses are built with local and organically sourced materials.
Text provided by the architect