An earthen Guest House in

An earthen Guest House in

Alia Bengana architecte

Felicia revay
Timimoun, Algeria | View Map
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An earthen Guest House in

Alia Bengana architecte as Architects

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.

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