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La Grange de Mon Père, timber, farm house, agriculture, Marseille, France, MJ Architectes, tiny house, green design, green renovation, sustainable design, eco-design

All of the buildings in this farming community of Marseille are defined by a certain aesthetic, one that the clients were loathe to disrupt when the needed to expand their home to accommodate a new child. But the designers managed to strike the perfect compromise with a lightweight 63 sqm extension constructed almost entirely out of timber.

Raised slightly off the ground to minimize site disturbance, the extension has concrete plinth for a foundation, wood floors, wood walls, and a roof without a frame. Glass openings ensure that the interior is full of light, careful orientation maximizes winter solar gain, while a sliding shutter provides shading during the summer. It’s amazing how such a simple intervention as this can completely alter the character of a home.

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Via Arch Daily

Photos © Michael Jan