Chauffailles, a village in the French Bourgogne, needs a new multifunctional community centre that will be named Léonce Georges, in memoriam of a local hero. For this purpose, the Town Hall acquires the old farm of the convent “Les sœurs de Jésus”. This old and disused construction, placed in a gentle slope opened to the fields, was practically in ruins; a deep rehabilitation and a further addition were needed in order to house the new use. The project recuperates one of these rural constructions, like granaries, barns, warehouses,: rather large shelters mainly used for storing grain or machinery normally with a single opening facing the yard. These are anonymous and simple architectures, completely utilitarian, built with a specific shape and size for better storage; the same way the materials and sources chosen are local and accessible. This is where their beauty is held: in their pure utility, in their radical symbiotic and productive relationship witch are primitive forms of sustainability.
* International Spanish Architects Awards-Young Architect Abroad, Spanish Architects Association 2013; delivered by HRH the Prince of Asturias in the Spanish Senate
* Prix National Construction en Bois “Coup de Coeur” AMF/Pavillon Bois” Award 2013, by the Association of Mayors of France
* Selected for the FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) Awards 2014.
* Featured in: Detail, El País, etc…