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November 14, 2015
Known for getting modern homes past Paris' restrictive zoning laws, French architecture firm Djuric Tardio Architectes' prefab designs are efficiently and expediently assembled on site—in one case, in as little as two weeks. While Dwell's December/January 2016 issue explores one of their most recent projects, we've gathered a selection of their designs here.
Cedar facade of eco-friendly prefab Paris home by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Clad in cedar, this 2,600 square-foot prefabricated home was constructed in a mere two weeks. The home's southern facade, seen here, keeps the home comfortable year-round: in colder months, the low winter sun easily streams though floor-to-ceiling windows to warm the interior. In the summer, when the sun is higher in the sky, the overhaning balcony keeps the interior shaded and cool.

The architects also turned the repetitive architectural style of the neighborhood's homes—in this case, the classic gabled house—to their advantage by devising an open, seemingly-unfinished roof framework. While that shape maintains the visual continuity of this modern design with its traditional surroundings, it also has environmental benefits.

 

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Roof terrace and garden of eco-friendly prefab Paris home by Djuric Tardio Architectes

The roof supports a vegetable garden where anything form squash to grapes can be grown. In addition to serving as gathering place during the summer, a large skylight admits illumination into the rooms below.

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Kitchen and living area of eco-friendly prefab Paris home by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Much of the home's energy-efficient construction is hidden from view: Djuric Tardio Architectes used prefabricated structural panels—filled with almost 4 inches of wood fiber insulation—that offer almost zero thermal bridges to the outside (in other words, there are barely any places where heat can seep from the interior to the exterior). While the home is equipped with underfloor gas heating, even in cold weather the system is "almost superfluous," says Caroline Djuric, thanks to the excellent insulation.

The stool is from atelier [jes], the coffee table is the PK 61A Granit by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen, and the chairs are by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen.

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Painted-black larch facade of prefab extension by Djuric Tardio Architectes.

Another one of Djuric Tardio Architectes recent projects is this home extension, completed in 2015 and also located outside Paris. Its prefabricated wooden structure took just fifteen days to assmble

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Black larch and stainless steel facade of prefab extension by Djuric Tardio.

The 1,900 square-foot home's exterior features a striking material combination: larch cladding, painted black, and polished stainless steel panels that conceal added insulation.

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Wood exterior of renovation and extension by Djuric Tardio Architectes

For this next home renovation and expansion, also in a suburb of Paris, the client was a family of five seeking something "simple, brigt and spacious," says Djuric. While the house sports this sleek new exterior, and larger windows to admit more sunlight, it's the interior where the transformation is most evident.

 

 

 

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Oak floors and skylight in renovation by Djuric Tardio Architectes

In addition to improving the home's insulation, the architects inserted this skylight into the living area. Light reflects off bleached oak floors, further brightening the space. As with the previous home, this project is approximately 1,900 square feet in size.

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Cedar facade of eco-friendly prefab Paris home by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Clad in cedar, this 2,600 square-foot prefabricated home was constructed in a mere two weeks. The home's southern facade, seen here, keeps the home comfortable year-round: in colder months, the low winter sun easily streams though floor-to-ceiling windows to warm the interior. In the summer, when the sun is higher in the sky, the overhaning balcony keeps the interior shaded and cool.

The architects also turned the repetitive architectural style of the neighborhood's homes—in this case, the classic gabled house—to their advantage by devising an open, seemingly-unfinished roof framework. While that shape maintains the visual continuity of this modern design with its traditional surroundings, it also has environmental benefits.

 

Photo by Clément Guillaume.

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