Here are some of Boisbuchet’s unique buildings that we’ll show you on a guided tour:
The Chateau de Boisbuchet
Constructed on a hill overlooking the Vienne river, this 19th century manor house is composed of five interlocking volumes of varying shapes.
The Japanese Guesthouse
Once part of a large estate in the Shimane prefecture of Western Japan, this traditional guesthouse – constructed in 1860 and gifted to Boisbuchet by the Japanese Kominka Research Society – was brought to the Charente and faithfully rebuilt by a team of Japanese craftsmen.
The Paper Pavilion
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban constructed his first permanent building in Europe together with 24 international student in 2001.
The Bamboo- and the Fibreglass-Dome
The small bamboo-dome structure (top) from 2006 by the engineer and architect Jörg Schlaich, who developed the Olympic Stadium decades earlier in Munich with Frei Otto, pays homage to the lightweight design of tensile structures and to bamboo as a material. The 30% larger variant of the dome (below) was built in 2009 and consists of fibreglass rods connected with specially manufactured aluminium sleeves and spanned with a tear-resistant, weatherproof and translucent membrane.
For an exhibition tour in China presenting German industry’s current technologies for sustainable urban development, the German artist and architect Markus Heinsdorff developed a series of bamboo pavilions in 2007, with this building as the centrepiece. As a gift of the Goethe Institute and the People’s Republic of China, the pavilion was transferred to Boisbuchet upon conclusion of the tour. For the support structure, Heinsdorff used tubes and plywood made of bamboo helt together with special steel fittings. Membranes made of polycarbonate serve as the roof and wall surfaces. The 120 m² pavilion holds up to 150 people and is utilized for all manner of events.
The Log Cabin
Directly situated on the central axis of the dependence from the 19th century, Brückner & Brückner constructed this log house in a 2006 workshop as the very epitome of architecture. The hut consists of carefully stacked wooden logs which are typically found as firewood stacked along Boisbuchet’s pastures.
Nearly a meter thick, the walls contain just one single cell where the points of light between the logs gleam like stars in the night sky.
The Bamboo House & Bamboo Conference Pavilion
Columbian architect Simón Vélez built the house together with students on his second visit to Boisbuchet in 1999. In 2000, he created the neighbouring Pavilion.
The Bavarian architects Brückner & Brückner built this lakeside pyramid in 2007. The four-sided structure symbolises fire, water, air and earth and reflects the diverse nature in Boisbuchet.
This fully energy-autonomous, solar-powered house has been developed by students from Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, both in the USA, and the University of Applied Science of Erfurt, Germany for the 2014 Solar Decathlon competition in Versailles, France. Afterwards it was moved to Boisbuchet. The Techstyle-Haus was designed to use only as much energy as a blow dryer to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This prototype building has its own intelligence. To analyze regularly the atmosphere and energy consumption, all metrics behind the architecture are constantly collected. It is intended to be able to house visiting artists all year round.