Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
A Movable upcycled shed in Loire-Atlantique, France by Jérémie Koempgen Architecture
January 15th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Jérémie Koempgen Architecture
The project is laureate from the call for entries: “Révolution sensible: upcycling and socio-economical nomadism”, launched by the COPA-VIA paysage.
Reuse wood coming from old windows to manufacture furniture is the original project.
This pavilion is designed in the same way as the furniture pieces, it shows the different surface conditions we get using different processing and assembly methods. It also tells the inside and outside uses that we can think of. This shed is a micro-architecture by itself, designed like a piece of furniture. Its modularity allows us to experiment different exterior uses which will fit to urban and rural situations.
The making of:
As they are used for shipping windows, we chose to use 4 pallets as the structure. When putting these together we get a 4 m long x 2,4 m wide element. But they can also be used separately, offering different functions from one pallet to another.
After that, laths from used windows have to be screwed in place, on the pallets, they are installed to offer a number of different uses. Mixing laths from different upcycled windows emphasizes the diversity of wood species. The wood used for manufacturing windows and doors is of high quality and can be used outside. On each module, the roof is supported by knee-braces that follow the palette shape.
Modulomeuble ouvrant – Team :
The team has 3 members: the project holder, 100 détours, the company launching the industrial manufacturing of wooden furniture from used windows, an architect, also working as a designer here, JKA, Jérémie Koempgen Architecture, and a distributor and installer of wooden windows, Quedubois.
100 détours creators come from the windows and doors world, manufacturing and then installation. Wood coming from used windows is of very high quality but replaced windows are most often burnt or buried as is. Almost 6 million of units are replaced each year in France. It appeared to us as obvious that we could manufacture really interesting pieces of furniture using upcycled wood from them. We are at the moment prototyping and in the process of creating a business.
We met Jérémie Koempgen (JKA) on a farm restoration project. He was the project manager and we were responsible for installing the windows. We were already thinking of finding a way to use wood from old windows as a material for creating new objects. We discussed that during numerous car travels and decided to start cooperate on this ambitious project as Jérémie was very interested on going further.
JKA is an architecture studio founded in 2007 by Jérémie Koempgen architect graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Industries de Strasbourg (INSA today). The agency acquires expertise in the implementation of timber structures, coatings and insulation issued from the timber industry, implementation of vegetated sloping roofs as well as in ironwork details. Jérémie Koempgen now teaches structure, morphology, and architectural ambience at the ENSA, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes.
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