The modest structure is heated by a wood stove, uses a solar vacuum tube for hot water, and recycles rainwater to run the washing machine and toilet. Consequently, the house is low-emission, and for its remaining energy needs, it’s linked to a 100 percent renewable grid supplied by the French company Enercoop.
“Our attitude integrates humility, compactness, smoothness, reduced scales, and respect for the existing vegetation,” Barache’s partner, Sihem Lamine, says of the design. “Our process is to create buildings while stripping the architecture from every arrogant gesture toward its environment.”
Kelsey Keith has written about design, art, and architecture for a variety of print and online publications.
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