The palm grove of Timimoun is one of the most beautiful in Algeria, it opens onto a large erg and a sea of sand dunes. This palm grove is already under threat, and concrete blocks are replacing traditional adobe bricks. The client wanted to create a holiday home that could be transformed into a guest house.
We proposed a contemporary project inspired by vernacular architecture articulated around two patios, using exclusively local materials for the shell, adobe bricks made with the earth from the site and stones from a nearby quarry. The stone walls are oriented perpendicular to the prevailing winds.
The house is fully naturally ventilated, and a device called OFF-GRID BOX makes the house 80% autonomous (electricity production, solar water heater, rainwater recovery, recycling and reuse of the US and EV by micro filtering.