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The Beehive (France)

A Subliniat Caz Highlighted Case
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Low Carbon winner - Green Solutions Awards 2018

  • Project type : New Construction  
  • Building Type : Collective housing < 50m
  • Number of Dwelling : 11
  • Dwelling Net Floor Area : 950 m2
  • Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.
  • Construction cost : 1 450 000 €

The project is a social experiment that tackles the notion of "experimental" so that it can fit into a reality that is understandable and accessible to all the actors of the project, from conception to completion. realization and all his life.


It is a project of cooperative collective social housing, that is to say that it is about a group of reasoned people constituted by cooptation to pool their means in order to realize their habitat. Users benefit from the investment of a social lessor and assistance to the project owner. However, for the architects this changes the traditional process of mounting an operation. By the nature of the project, everyone (users / project management / project management) is engaged and responsible, offering the project a dimension of "bringing".


The woodframe and straw infill structural system, the passive ambition of the operation, the bio-sourced nature of the materials used and all the project attitudes stem from this human dynamic. This attitude is at the heart of energy saving issues, however simple it may be.


The innovation goes in the direction of the simplification of the systems used, a return to the essential by valuing local and renewable resources, integrated in the natural cycle of manufacture and end of life and encouraging the development of local networks and a human-size economy. The project wishes to praise the highest human inventivity, awareness of its potential for mutual help, listening and transmission.


The cooperative habitat of Bègles "La Ruche" bears this desire to transform the city, an urban village with a human face. Do together and otherwise tomorrow's housing. Thus the success of this project will have an immediate effect on the transformation of the city of Bègles in the sense that it engages on the voice of the cooperative and participative habitat, so on real changes in the ways of doing the city and its main constituent : housing.


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Primary energy need :56,00 kWhpe/m2.year (Primary energy need for standard building :67,80 kWhpe/m2.year)

Calculation method :RT 2012

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dauphins architecture / 180 degrés ingéniérie



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Operational date

Miercuri, 1 Iunie, 2016