Designed to offer day shelter for young migrants, the ‘ Aire de Repos’ designed by Atelier Craft was awarded the social innovation grant by the region Ile de France.
The project offers a mobile activity space for the migrants. Located at La Station Gare des Mines in the 18th district of Paris, Aire de Repos has been designed in collaboration with ICI! association.
The short timeframe set to build the project led in a participative manner led the design team to imagine a simple shape and prefabricated frame in order to assemble the main structure in less than two weeks. The triangular form of the design stems fro structural and economic principles but also offers a symbolic standpoint. Based on this single frame, the structure can span out depending on the future needs of its users and guarantees the modularity of the project in different sites.
The construction process was based on bioclimatic principles to regulate the inside temperature in a passive manner. The south facade is made of polycarbonate, and the adjacent rammed earth wall act as a Trombe wall, heating the room in the winter and cooling it down in the summer; the north façade complex built out of a clay-hemp mix and the straw stacks on the roof allow to maintain that temperature. Finally, the translucent façades and the clear tarp roofing allow a didactic reading of the building’s ecosystem.