January 26, 2020
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Golden concrete

Jérome Ricolleau has just completed the photo report on the gilded concrete house in Saint Cyr-au-Mont-d'Or.
Its presence in the landscape is both strange and discreet.
It is strange because of its ruinous minerality and its dense and massive form.
It is discreet with its silhouette that disappears along the slope of the hillside.
The density of the oak of the joinery and floors, the softness of the three-ply whitened spruce slabs and the brutalism of the concrete are the three actors of the interior environments.

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Concrete and earthen walls for the Cusset source station.

The construction site of the Cusset source station for Enedis is in the final phase.
The architecture transcribes the purely industrial vocation of the program by proposing a simple and basic writing, directly deduced from the technical functions of the source station.
The building consists of a very limited construction pallet and left raw with two cast and sealed materials (concrete and earth) and galvanized steel accessories.

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In the heart of the Vosges forest

The Tectoniques group is the winner of the competition for the reconstruction of the new college in Vagney in the Vosges.
We lead a team with LSW and SQUAD associate architects, Perrin wood structures, Jean Baptiste Lestra landscape architect and eEgénie for environmental monitoring.
The project promotes short chains and local resources, particularly wood and processed products from the Vosges forest.
Architecturally and constructively, the choices are simple and optimized.
The school's space is organized around a vast interior gallery, treated in double height and widely open to the courtyards and patios planted.

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Dedicated to the horse

The Tectoniques group, accompanied by engineers from Arborescence and D+H architectes, is the winner of the competition for the new equestrian centre in the city of Gennevilliers in the Hauts de Seine.
This project is characterized by a 90-metre long vault in a wood-metallo-textile structure that covers the equestrian rides.

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Spectacular views of the mountains of Vercors and Chartreuse

Tectoniques is the winner of the competition for the DD block on the ZAC Presqu'île in Grenoble.
The program includes 100 rental and social housing units for Grenoble Habitat.
The site is bordered by the Isère river, and enjoys spectacular views of the mountains of the Chartreuse and the Vercors.
To avoid adding complexity to an already architecturally intense neighbourhood, our project offers a deliberately sober and rather calm writing.
The housing units all have a double or even triple orientation. Most of them are through.
The organization of the bayoneted day rooms around a corner loggia expands the space and exploits the diagonal views offered by this double orientation.
Most water rooms are naturally lit, as are stairwells and floor galleries.

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Day Hospital / Clermont-Ferrand

The construction of social housings and a day hospital in Clermont-Ferrand is being delivered.
The Project management is ensured by OPHIS. The hospital is managed by the UGECAM.
The hospital is built of wood with ribbed CLT floors developed by Arborescence, wood engineers.

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Wood weaving

The hall of Marcy-l'étoile, in West Lyonnais, is finished.
The roof’s framework structure consists of a weave of glue laminated wood beams, with large bending radii so as to remain widely open. Each beam is composed of five 60 mm x 150 mm slats. They are then interconnected by a system of hangers (threaded rod) and fastened together between metal spacers. 

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From concrete to wood

Tectoniques is laureate of the contest for the college Maryse Bastié in Dole in the Jura. The general composition of the site is characterized by a rationalist design, typical of the 70s, date of construction of the buildings.
Our work of recomposition focused on the general improvement of the conditions of reception of the pupils and the teachers without making a clean sweep of the existing one. Beyond compliance, we propose a formal and programmatic clarification of the entire site.
The wood is used for the entire framework, with a major use of solid wood, to favor the local and regional sectors. Most of the interior finishes are also made of wood or biobased materials. An architectural mediation is created between the old prefabricated precast concrete floors, which we keep, and the floors of the new parts, treated in wooden caissonnages with a similar design.

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Industrial heritage

The footbridge and the belvedere of the hydroelectric dam of Cusset in Villeurbanne propose new perspectives to discover this extraordinary industrial site.
The Cusset hydroelectric dam is a power generation plant located on the Jonage canal between the municipalities of Villeurbanne and Vaulx-en-Velin. Built in 1899, the plant is still in operation and produces electricity for 100,000 inhabitants, or 405 GWh / year from a channel flow of 600 M3 per second. Hydropower is the second largest source of electricity production behind nuclear power and the leading source of renewable electricity in France.
Our intervention, modest but strategic, proposes to register in the industrial language of the site. While it has a cultural vocation, the bridge is in fact a purely technical object, like an "architecture without architect".

National Prize for Wood Construction 2019

The school of Champagnole realized for the Communauté de Communes Porte du Haut Jura received the National Prize for Wood Construction 2019.

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Work in progress
Textile recycling to isolate the Dance and music school in Charbonnières les Bains

The construction site of the Dance and music school is in a terminal phase.
Insulation is achieved with Métisse panels.
Métisse is the first biosourced insulation manufactured in France and comes from a complete textile recycling sector.
The other insulation works are made of Pavatherm wood wool panels, also manufactured in France by Pavatex.

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Regeneration of a high-rise building in Saint-Etienne

The agency has just won a consultation for the complete requalification of a high-rise building in Saint-Etienne.
It is located west of the city center in the oldest district of Saint-Etienne, marked by the proximity of the mine site.
Built in 1971 by the architects of Saint Etienne, J. Farat,Y.Gouyon and J.Bressiant, it welcomes until a recent period the administrative program of the caisse primaire d’assurance maladie et de la caisse d’allocations familiales.
This is the tallest building in the city center.
The recomposition involves both a complete reprogramming, a transformation of the base and associated public spaces and the creation of a new architectural signature.
We are accompanied on this project by our friend and architect Dominique Vigier and the Numéro 111 designers.

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Green School

The agency won the competition for the construction of the new school for the écoquartier of Plaine de Montagu in Melun in Seine et Marne.
Atelier 208 architects accompany us on this project.
The project is very ambitious on the environmental level with a passive level E3C2 target and a specific valuation of hemp material grown and developed in the municipality of Melun.
Built of wood and biobased materials, the program includes schools, a crèche and a school restaurant.

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Public equipment in Mérignac

Tectoniques has won a competition for the realization of a Public equipment in Mérignac, in the West of Bordeaux.
The project slips behind the stone facade of the old school, preserved and restored.
It is built of wood and bio-sourced materials and is part of an ambitious environmental approach.
Public spaces associated with the project are recomposed by A + R landscapers.

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Jura wood

The construction of the new school of Champagnole is over.
The children must arrive at the return of the holidays of February.
Built of wood, the project enhances the short circuits and woods from the Jura.

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The People Hostel - Les 2 Alpes

The People Hostel, in the resort of Les 2 Alpes, in Isere, has just opened.
The building is built in extension of an existing structure with  Cross Laminated Timber panels.
The People Hostel is a concept of "One Stop Hostel" that offers the accessibility of a hostel, the friendliness of a guest house, the style and comfort of a "boutique hotel", and at a price very affordable.
The establishment, which has 362 beds, is financed by La Foncière Hoteliere des Alpes (CDC Group), built by Adim - Vinci, and operated by France Hostels.

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Built in raw earth brick

Source Post / PSEM Tolbiac for RTE, Rue du Moulinet in Paris, is built of earth..
For this project, the terracotta brick and the mud brick write a score in duet.
Terracotta brick does not fear aggression or water and is used in basement and in erosion control lines.
It protects the mud brick, the majority, implemented in the best possible conditions and for the sake of sustainability.
The extrusion work of terracotta bricks completes the polychomy with a set of bas-reliefs that shade the facade dynamically.
Although it is not really, originally, a Parisian material, the brick is part of Parisian history: first of modest and cheap connotation it is mainly used in industrial buildings, social housing (HBM) before expanding to other programs and acquiring nobility.
The swimming pool of the Butte aux Cailles, architect Louis Bonnier near the site is a reference on this constructive mode.

New offices for tectoniques in Bordeaux

After two years at the Darwin / coworking platform installed on the right bank of the Garonne / Tectoniques moved to new offices, in downtown Bordeaux / 34 Rue Burguet. Julien Fontaine, architect, is in charge of this agency / j.fontaine@tectoniques.com

conference on dry construction and biosourced materials

Tectoniques participate in the conference on dry construction and biosourced materials
on November 5th from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Ensba Lyon 8 bis, quai Saint-Vincent - Lyon 1er
registration with the CAUE b.cenci-cohen@caue69.fr

The same day and at the same place / Inauguration of the exhibition on
Regional Wood Construction Award Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Projects from Tectoniques are presented in this exhibition
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
at the CAUE Rhône Métropole
6 bis, Quai Saint Vincent - Lyon 1er

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Regional wood construction award for the eco-district Trémonteix

Our project for the eco-district Trémonteix, in Clermont-Ferrand, for Auvergne Habitat, has just received the Regional wood construction award.
The city of Clermont-Ferrand’s aim was that of a ground-breaking operation in terms of sustainable development (accessibility, sociability, transport, integration, constructional performance, etc.).
The buildings are entirely constructed of wood.
The facades are in MOB and the floors in CLT
With this project, Tectoniques is further pursuing its research into the field of eco-neighbourhoods and sustainable habitats.

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Housing Prize of the Academy of Architecture and the National Council of the Order of Architects

The Academy of Architecture and the National Council of the Order of Architects have awarded us the Housing Award 2018.
We are proud to receive this award on the practices of our group of architects and engineers around housing.
The housing design is indeed strategic for all subjects that cross our society but it is placed under high constraints.
It is difficult today to build quality housing and architects must resist not to be simple facade decorators.

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Offices for the headquarters of Régilait

Tectoniques has just delivered the first tranche of the headquarters of the company Régilait in Saône et Loire.
The project is built in wood with a valuation of local materials (wood material of Beaujolais).
Workspaces respect an intermediate typology, both open and closed.
It is open visually and preserves a continuous landscape, especially when standing.
At the same time, it is closed and cut by carpentry and glazed units
that form independent alcoves and isolate sitting workstations.

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Seniors' residence

Logévie has appointed our Bordelaise agency to study and build a 65-bed residence in Bègles.
It welcomes independent or relatively independent seniors in private dwellings
In contrast to segregated practices, this program integrates shared services and inter-generational functions that allow it to live in direct relation to its context.
Rents are controlled and the whole has a social purpose.

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Early childhood center in Albertville / Savoie

The agency is laureate of the design competition for the new early childhood center in Albertville / Savoie.
The equipment includes a space early childhood, a center of leisure and a school restaurant about 2000 m2.
At the environmental level, the building reaches level E3C2.

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Wooden buildings / Prize-winners Adivbois 2017

Tectoniques is the winner of the architectural competition organized by EPASE on the Soulié block in Saint Etienne.
This consultation is part of the national competition ADIVBOIS, which offered 13 sites in France.
Our project is designed with the GCC group, the engineers of Arborescence and the designers of Numero 111 and La Fabrique.

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The first residents arrived in the aquariums of the Biodiversarium.
The aquariums are designed by the ITF office studies under the direction of Pascal Roman, head of Aragon Aquariologie Laboratory, and are made by the company Coutant Aquariums in La Rochelle.
Opening of the equipment is expected in the coming weeks.

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The Pré-Nouvel ecodistrict of Seyssins / Isère

The construction of the Pré-Nouvel ecodistrict of Seyssins has just been delivered..
The project comprises 18 social housing units commissioned by Grenoble Habitat, and 47 others to be put on sale by Vinci Immobilier.

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On the road to Gravenoire

Tectoniques is the winner of a competition to realize social housing in Royat (above Clermont-Ferrand) for Logidome.
The project is formed by two buildings turned towards a natural afforestation.
A topographic break, witness of the past of the site's former career, is preserved and valued.

Séquence bois

The Marcy l'Etoile hall is published in the latest issue of the magazine SEQUENCE BOIS.
Article below.


Technical details
A first in France for recycled aluminium

Technal and its manufacturer-installer SMMMM have achieved a first in France with joinery made of recycled aluminium CIRCAL 75R.
Their post-consumer recycled content, equal to or higher than 75%, i.e. an average of 2.0 kg of CO2e/kg of aluminium, thus contributes to obtaining the Mediterranean Sustainable Building Gold (MDB) label.
They cover four public facilities in the Gavotte district of Les Pennes-Mirabeau, north of Marseille, built by the Tectoniques group: a 3,000 m2 media library, an intergenerational restaurant for 500 people, a school group with 15 classes and a children's centre with a crèche and a Maternity Care Centre.

facing Lake Geneva

The agency is selected for the architectural competition for the new Clerges nautical base in Thonon les Bains, facing Lake Geneva.
We are very happy to work in such a sumptuous site.

New team

Many changes for the Tectoniques team with the arrivals of:
Anne-Laure Barillaro for the office management,
Julie Perrault for the administrative and financial management,
Margot Roche, Olivier Bouvais, Ana Gonzalez and Ugo Costa for the Architects Cluster
Lauriana Masclet and Pierre Millot for the Engineering Cluster

30th anniversary of the CNDB.

Tectoniques presents its approach and participates in the round table organized by the National Committee for the Development of Wood on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the CNDB.
The event takes place Rue d'Uzès in Paris on October 10th, 2019.

2019 winner of the first BDM trophies

The Jean Carrière Nursery School Gold Medal Mediterranean Sustainable Buildings - BDM - was selected as the winner of the first BDM trophies by Envirobat BDM.
The presentation of the BDM trophies takes place in Marseille on July 4th, 2019.

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Work in progress
CLT construction with PLX Monnet Sève in French wood

The Albertville Children's House is in progress.
The first CLT panels, which are PLX Monnet Sève in French wood, are installed.

Affordable Housing / Edition DETAIL

The project for housing complex at Rive de Gier, in the Loire, for 3F Immobilier, is presented as an exemplary operation in the book published by DETAIL.
This program is entirely made of wood and prefabricated components from a constructive solution developed with Ossabois.


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Work in progress
Macro-components facades

In the SDCC workshops in Varces, the packages are ready at the start for on-site assembly in Villeurbanne.
They contain the macro-components of facades for social housing under construction, rue Meunier, for EMH.

Fassadenspiel in Lyon

The social housing project for Grand Lyon Habitat in Lyon Mermoz is published on the BAUNETZ website
Link to the site


The latest issue of the Italian magazine Legnoarchitettura publishes an article at the Biodiversarium of Banyuls.

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Cost-Effective Housing

The latest issue of the international review DETAIL is dedicated to cost-effective housing.
The social housing project in Rive de Gier, built with Ossabois for 3F is presented in this file.
The operation is entirely made of prefabricated wood components, 2D for envelopes and floors and 3D for the blocks.

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Housing / Nancy

Tectoniques is the winner of a consultation to build a housing project on the ZAC Grand Coeur in Nancy.
The developer is Solorem on behalf of the Urban Community of Grand Nancy.
The new district is designed by AREP and MDP.
Nouvel Habitat is real estate developer of the block.
LSW, a young Nancéian architects agency, accompany us on this issue.

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Work in progress
The new public facilities of the Gavotte at Les Pennes Mirabeau under construction

Work on the new Gavotte equipment center began with a spectacular asbestos removal operation.
Delivery of the media library of the restaurant and schools is scheduled for late 2019. The nursery will be carried out in 2020.

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