A work of the firm Co-Architects, headed by Nicolas Peyrebonne, this building is located in Saint-Joseph, a commune on the southern tip of Réunion, one of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.
Establishing a constant dialogue with the environment, amid sugar cane carte, vetiver bundles, and basalt rocks, it is clad in wood and rises on a stone base. Opening out to a piazza intended as a venue for a variety of events, the design is a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional domestic architecture on the island, with a succession of spaces that differentiates public exterior from private interior. For greater clarity, the complex is fragmented in accordance with uses, while limits are diluted by means of open-air verandas, terraces, and courtyards.
In a tropical climate, thermal comfort is obtained through a balance of air temperature, air flow, and humidity. Energy consumption is minimized by means of natural ventilation, strategic orientation of the different units, insulation, solar protection via a skin of wood that prevents overheating, and vegetation all over.