Ecomusée du pays de Rennes
by Guinée + Potin Architects


Architectural photographer Stéphane Chalmeau has sent us his photos of a recently-completed extension to the Ecomusée du pays de Rennes in France, clad in wooden shingles and designed by French studio Guinée + Potin Architects.

The long two-storey building is straddled by a second volume clad in wooden planks and supported on pillars made of raw tree trunks.

This pierces the first storey, becoming a ceiling for the entrance foyer and providing a temporary exhibition space.

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Here's some more information from Guinée + Potin Architects:


Extension de l’écomusée du pays de Rennes

Taking into account a strong natural context, the project shows a wood skin drawing with a graphic pattern, composing a generous scale for a “building-sign”, real “Eco-museum” showcase.

This formal intention, in addition to its impact, symbolises the program “Eco-museum” program, real exemplary teaching tool, this in prospect to a successful environmental integration.

Holding account of the will to use natural materials, we have chosen materials principle “eco-biological”.

The extension of the entrance hall and the temporary exhibition is in timber framework and timber cladding.

The use of “dry” producer allows a management of a clean building site, the conservation to the maximum of trees and the continuous use of existing buildings in period of work.

dzn_Ecomusee du Pays de Rennes by Guinée et Poti

Southern side, the timber framework will put down an ecological concrete wall base and tinted in the mass with natural pigments.

Above this wall base, the timber cladding is in natural wood shingles (chestnut) drawing graphic pattern and cover Eastern side of existing building with panel-insulating cladding.

NAME: “Ecomuseum” in Rennes (France)
PROGRAM: Exhibition room and conference, entrance hall and offices for the “Eco-museum” of Rennes
ADRESS: Ecomusée du pays de Rennes – La Bintinais – 35 000 RENNES - FRANCE

ARCHITECTURAL OFFICES: Guinée*Potin Architects, in Nantes, France
Architects: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin. Collaborators: Céline Monvoisin, Solen Nico Engineering: ISATEG, Nantes, France
CLIENT: « Rennes Métropole »
SURFACES: 880 m2

COMPETITION: 2007 (prize winner)
Studies: 2007
Construction: 2008
Delivery: January 2010
COST: 1850 000 € HT (without VAT).

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Posted on Wednesday February 3rd 2010 at 5:15 pm by Chris Barnes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • k

    this are renders

  • poster

    seriously, buildings like this make me think of quiting architecture

  • totally wrong. from the general image to the very poor detailing…… just plain wrong

  • Designing buildings seems mind boggling to me, I mean where do you even start. Love those tree trunk posts.

  • Le plan de masse et l’implantation générale du bâtiment est assez réussie mais l’entrée avec ces rondins de bois est vraiment tres kitsch, dommage…

  • Adri

    I think they read too much of “learning from las vegas”
    Eco = wood trunk and green and organic ; so clever…….
    so many things completely different, no link, non-sense, poor typology.
    square, circle, triangles, octogones, timber, wood, concrete, paint.
    poor and wrong.

  • Antoan

    It’s a very interesting tectonic shape and use of elements. But to be honest I wonder what this guy was consuming while comming up with this idea?

  • Pretty horrible–I agree with Adri and like the comment about too much “Learning From Las Vegas”!

  • Thoas

    Actually, this building is a relief – the language of eco-museums seems to have become rammed earth walls and sedum roofs, with a few useless wind turbines so it’s good to see something a little more playful. Infact it uses iconography somewhat like SITE architects – with a ‘log’ cabin jutting out of the warehouse / supermarket. Beautiful wood in variety of forms – I’d like to see this place for real

  • Johanna

    I like the lamps they used surface-mounted and suspended! Can anybody tell me where Ii can find them?