G house by Lode Architecture
by Ted Savage / March 2, 2013
A holiday home in Normandy, France, located between woods and orchards, G house by Lode Architecture presents a monochromatic slate exterior that blends with the sky and local building traditions.


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Large windows, augmented by reflective conduits on the roof, allow admitted light to follow daily and seasonal cycles, while load-bearing outer walls free up the interior volume. Low thermal mass combines with efficient insulation to allow quick heating and cooling, in keeping with the home's intermittent use - heating is by wood stove only. East-west orientation and use of natural shade place the emphasis on passive systems and sustainability. Prefabricated wood slab and wood panel construction, on a shallow foundation, reduce impact on the site, with all leftover structural wood used for doors, steps and fixed furniture. Via ArchDaily. Photos: Daniel Moulinet.

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