The “vivet houses” of the higher SAU raise a typical Catalan farmhouse

The “vivet houses” of the higher SAU raise a typical Catalan farmhouse

A modern masia in the foothills of the Pyrenees

Larger SAU leads to Vidrà, a Catalan Village in the foothills of the Pyrenees to design his Vivet houses. The architecture was created to integrate contemporary design and reduced materials with the spirit of the rural location. take shape as a couple Housesthe project presents a modern interpretation of the traditional farmhouse or masia found throughout the region. The design team notes that the site, often bathed in sunshine, enjoys sweeping views over the mountainous landscape and picturesque village with its stone church and bell tower.

higher sau vivet housesPictures © Andres Flajszer | @andresflajszer

With its Vivet houses, the architects at Taller SAU work with the wood processing company Vivet de Vidrà, which owns the site. ‘The main objectives of the project are, on the one hand, low environmental impact and high energy efficiency,’ explains the team, ‘on the other hand, to provide a high quality project at a competitive cost, and finally to propose an architecture fully integrated into the landscape.’

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passive design by taller sau

Taller SAU’s Vivet Houses used bare, neutral materials that celebrate thoughtful design while ensuring a reduced environmental impact during construction. Each structure thus takes shape on a large concrete base to scale the sloping site. The entire project is built with plywood construction, interior paneling of three-ply fir panels, wood fiber insulation and a ventilated facade of wood-cement composite panel.

In order to integrate passive cooling strategies, the number of openings is reduced to the necessary and strategically placed to achieve good solar penetration. The team continues: “In this way, the houses behave very well as there is almost no thermal duct rupture, keeping energy consumption to a minimum throughout their useful life.”

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Vivet houses: a contemporary abstraction of the rural site

The design team further contributes to the efficiency of the project by using a standardized, modular logic. The interior design is determined by the modular panels of the structure, a strategy that significantly reduces both material waste and costs. The floor plan shows a highly efficient organization that takes up as little space as possible while maintaining quality spaces.

Finally, the material palette and architectural language respond directly to the surrounding landscape. While the wood, tiles and composite facade panels evoke the landscape and its appearance, the volume itself stands as a modern abstraction of the large 19th-century farmhouses of Vidrà.

higher sau vivet housesWood-cement composite panels form the facade

Higher SAU elevated typical Catalan farmhouse with concrete and wooden 'vivet houses'The architecture, which hybridizes old and new, harmonises with its location

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