Always curious to make you discover mansions with remarkable cachet and the unusual look, you are to concoct the various and varied selections of goods and houses that have caught our attention. We propose today to let you be surprised by these houses built of paper-cardboard, straw, wood, glass and even recycled banana!
• The paper-cardboard house
Modular, ecological and transportable, here is the cardboard house straight from the Netherlands. Known as “Wikkelhouse”, the concept of this house is based on a very playful principle: an assembly of cardboard components to shape a habitat ranging from the size of a simple workshop to the real small house equipped, according to the demand of the future owners.
Without foundation, a total of 24 layers of cardboard are needed for this construction, to give the house a regular architecture. Everything is assembled easily and in one day thanks to an ecological glue. The cardboard paper comes only from sustainably managed forests and is covered with wood facing panels to ensure the building is impeccably sealed!
• The log cabin
Imagine a house built entirely of wood from your area. This is the dream that the owner and designer of this log cabin built with only the trees of his region, the Vercors, wanted to make. While respecting the know-how of the “Fuste” – a technique of Nordic construction – the craftsman proceeded here to a pile of raw tree trunks to raise the walls of his house.
Here each barrel of wood is carefully adjusted and cut, before being dismantled to respect the two years of settlement of the wood. Once this period has passed, the chalet can definitely take shape and it contains inside, a decoration at the same time modern and cordial. The contemporary furniture breaks with the traditional Swiss and Savoyard chalets, while the large openings illuminate the living rooms, offering a breathtaking view of the surrounding forests and mountains.
• A habitat decorated with recycled banana
Here is a natural material, exotic and made in France: the banana tree! The founders of the Martinican company FIBandCO came up with the idea of making this renewable and abundant resource an innovative and ecological solution for the manufacture of different finished products for the layout, the interior design and the design of the house.
In addition to having a very appreciable environmental quality, the flexibility, finesse and elegant appearance of the banana stems make it a natural product and easily used for the decoration of its home, especially for decorative coatings. In addition, depending on the different techniques of banana storage and moisture content, the color of this material can vary between natural tints of beige and brown. The price of this originality? Between 50 and 200 / m2.
• A glass and concrete house with volcano views
Located close to the Puy-en-Velay, this large family home of 750 square meters seems to swear by transparency and light. And for good reason, leaning against the rock, she combines two essential materials: glass and concrete. All this gives the property a resolutely contemporary look and clean lines. Aromatic plants in the garden and dry stone walls allow the two levels of the building to blend beautifully into the landscape.
Fully glazed, the first floor, its master bedroom and reception area offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside, while the lower level dressed in black unfolds around a wide patio. What to savor the beauty of the surrounding landscape from the indoor pool, while preserving the privacy of the inhabitants.
• The straw house
Finally we finish our selection with a classic of the famous tale The three little pigs, the straw house. Still little known and built, this type of house has significant advantages: in addition to being an effective thermal insulator, the material is cheap and easy to find. But few architects venture for the moment in this type of site and it is often necessary to opt for self-construction.
Today, there are still more than 3500 buildings of this type in France, with 500 new constructions each year. So convinced? In wood or brick, maybe the houses of the other two little pigs are more eco-responsible …
Straw, wood, brick … and all their nuances. What is the ideal material for building your house? We detail the qualities and defects of each of them.
In the inevitable tale of Perrault, The three little pigs , each of them builds his house to protect himself from the wolf. One is straw, another is wood, and the last is brick. These three materials are today used in the construction of various buildings, including … houses! Here is the portrait of each of these three houses.
• “The straw house is serious” Still little known and built, it has nonetheless significant advantages. According to the French Straw Construction Network, there are already 3,500 buildings of this type across France and 500 new ones will be built each year.
The interest of the straw house? It is especially ecological: the straw is cheap, and easy to find. It’s also an excellent thermal insulation that keeps the home cool in summer and warm in winter. Only difficulty: few architects build in straw, so often opt for self-construction.
Note for the house of Nouf-Nouf: 8/10.
• The wooden house, a haven of peace. We found this by presenting you with the contenders for this year’s Archinovo Architects’ Houses competition, many of which were made of wood. Solid, respectful of the environment, fast to build. The advantages of having a wooden house are many … In practical terms, a wooden house requires little maintenance, and is easily scalable: you can install an extension or a transformation easily.
From an ecological point of view, designing a building of this type has a low impact on the surrounding nature since the wood naturally stores carbon. The material also generates thermal performance that can provide energy savings of up to 80%. To top it off, a house of this kind naturally brings a sense of well-being.
Note for the house of Nif-Nif: 9/10.
• The brick house and its shades. Used for hundreds of years, brick terracotta remains the favorite material of the French for the construction of a house. Brick being a material appreciated for its natural side, durable and economical. The 50 shades of bricks. Insulating bricks, bricks, earthenware bricks, light concrete bricks … It is also the brick used that will decide in part the price of the house! At the time of construction, it is also possible to add soil, cement, wood fibers, clay or sand. Another quality of the material: the brick allows multiple architectures and adapts to all needs.
Note for the house of Naf-Naf: 7/10.
In truth, one can not say that one of the houses is more eco-responsible and respectful of the environment than the other simply on a material criterion. “What will make the difference is where the material comes from. We must promote the short circuits as much as possible. Thus, if you want to build a straw house with local material, it will be as eco-responsible as it is beneficial for the local economy, “explains Figaro Immobilier Gilles Aymoz, head of the building department of Ademe. It’s the same for wood: using a local wood to build your house will not have the same environmental consequences as importing it from China!
“In our country, we know very well how to build with all these materials, but our culture is still too much oriented towards brick and block construction. There are still beautiful examples with wood, which work very well. On the other hand, we have not yet integrated the straw into our culture, but that will come, “adds Gilles Aymoz, who concludes that the most important thing is to use sourced organic materials and local.