In Anthropocene architecture, the hybridization among materials is one of the code words. Architectural culture has always talked about live architecture, but it was always a metaphor, today we can go further, live materials become part of buildings alongside lifeless ones. Here we see a 2015 project by Studio Forma6, a group of French architects who wanted to combine straw with steel and concrete in a building hosting offices, meeting rooms, a documentation center and an exhibition hall open to public. The straw is used as an external covering, to evoke the traditional houses on the banks of the Loire river that flows nearby. In the project report, the studio compares straw to human skin, which plays a role of thermo-regulator for the body, in the same way, the building's straw envelope creates a balance between inside and outside.
TITLE OF THE WORK: Loire Atlantique Développement
DESIGN ARCHITECT: Studio Forma6
LOCATION: Nantes, Francia
YEAR OF COMPLETITION: 2015
PHOTO CREDIT: Forma6 Catalogue