Maison du projet de la Lainière
La Maison du Projet is a multifunctional space, designed as a Cradle to Cradle demonstrator for La Lainire, a future business park located in Roubaix-Wattrelos (France). It was delivered at the beginning of 2016 and its surface is about 500m². Its function is to testify of the local textile tradition in a context of economic renewal. Exhibitions will be held to underline the historical value. Debates and meetings will be organized for citizens in order to give them the opportunity to contribute to the transformation of their neighborhood. Repair Cafes and workshops about resources preservation will be hosted in the building and the C2C philosophy will be shared in order to increase visitor’s awareness about circular economy.
La Maison du Projet has a positive footprint with added values in the following fields:
Healthy Air Climate
– The finishing materials are not painted or treated to ensure that no chemical compounds are released into the air.
– The building uses a constructive wooden system, which makes it possible to have a much lower carbon footprint than if it were a conventional concrete foundation.
Healthy Water & Organic Materials Recycling
– The project includes rainwater harvesting from the roof. The water is then stored in old barrels, and the distribution system relies entirely on gravity. This water can be used for irrigation and interior cleaning. The surplus could be distributed to the neighbors.
– Also, black water and grey water are separated. More precisely, there is no black water produced. In fact, to better preserve this resource, dry toilets were installed.
Healthy Materials & Technical Materials Recycling
There were consequent efforts on material health for this project:
– PVC was totally excluded.
– All the frames are made in aluminum.
– The polycarbonate used for the fa§ades does not release VOCs.
– Materials are left uncoated.
– The project uses biosourced materials. Almost all the structure and the finishing touches are in solid wood and glulam, always left uncoated, to ensure optimum upcyclability.
Biodiversity & Landscape Enhancement
– Biodiversity is an important part of the project. Since La Maison du Projet was developed on a brownfield site, it will actively contribute to the site recovery. Most of the site will be dedicated to spontaneous (wild) vegetation. In the future, phytoremediation by vegetative transplantation will be experienced in some areas, to improve soil quality.
– Also, a natural pool will be created. At first, this pool will add value to the site for biodiversity and contribute to the regulation of the water cycle.
Mobility & Flexibility Enhancement
– The project is entirely reversible and flexible. This flexibility enables the building to evolve in time according to the needs. In particular, it is designed to evolve with the development of the attached business park. As a result it is thought to be dismantled and rebuilt inside the park once its mission of concertation and information ended.
– The foundations are made out of metallic piles. This system is economic in raw materials, results in fast implementation and is entirely reversible. As a consequence, the building, once removed, does not leave any impact on soils.
Renewable Positive Energy
– The project provides an energy mix: solar energy and wood pellets.
– The building maximizes the use of solar energy to heat up in winter. Thanks to its transparent roof, it benefits from free calories to minimize the heating required. In summer, a natural ventilation system is used to refresh the building with automatic cooling (free cooling).
– The building is completely insulated to current thermal standards (RT 2012): walls in wooden frames, floor, roof, facades. Thermal bridges are avoided.
Quality of Life, Performance and Cultural Diversity
– The structure of the building is inspired by the shape of the shed roofs that covered the entire site of La Lainiere when the factory still existed. The main function of this building will be to integrate the work being done for the memory of the site.
– The project is designed to accommodate a wide variety of activities. Dedicated to culture (large hall for exhibitions, events, conferences, etc.), and the development of activity on the Lainiere site (offices, meeting rooms, etc.), the building also includes technical rooms and attic storage, to house equipment and scenographic material allowing the operation of La maison du projet.
Economical Activity, Innovation and Local Dynamism
– The association (les amis de la Lainiere) also have been spending several times during these last years to share the historical memory and the textile past of the Lainiere. Events and exhibitions (book fair, Journes du Patrimoine, etc.) have been organized as well a Lainiere’s economic breakfasts (promoters, commercializers).
– Also the project is designed to accommodate activities dedicated to the development of activity on the Lainiere site (offices, meeting rooms, etc).
Meeting rooms, site visits, office, conference center, exhibitions
- Project Architect(s):
Ekoa (Olivier Jost) and Carlos Arroyo Architects
- Project Developer(s):
SEM Ville Renouvelee
- Project Engineer(s) & Contractor(s):
EPEA Paris and LTF: Cradle to Cradle Assistants
Tribu and SOGETI: Engineering offices
Control G: Control office
Hofflack: Safety control
- Project Advisor: EPEA Paris