Both low-tech and high-tech, the French Pavilion is a sustainable architecture based on traditional knowledge of excellence and prefabricated timber construction. It has been designed, built and mounted between France and Netherlands in less than 6 months
The building works as an ecological machine combining a simple shape with an elaborated innovative technology. It offers an entirely flexible space of 300 sqm that will evolve with the upcoming program of events as well as its different locations and afterlife.
The French Pavilion is equipped with silicium-free flexible solar panel that can be easily mounted on a variety of surfaces (roof, windows, walls) aiming to reach energetic autonomy. The building collects all rainwater through a water tank to be reused for daily uses and garden.
The French Pavilion is the third manifest building of Frédérique Barchelard and Flavien Menu. The first is the proto-Habitat developed and built in 2020 and currently exposed in Clermont Ferrand, the second is protoCAMPO in Rome (2022) a 300 sqm timber structure and inflatable dome built in Rome – Villa Medicis and the third is SOLARproto the French Pavilion at Floriade Expo – Amsterdam.
SOLARproto combines low-tech and high-tech to highlight traditional know-how and technological innovations. It explores the idea of a more mobile architecture, flexible in its uses with a positive social and environmental impact: energy autonomy, reversibility of uses over time, use of ecological materials which makes it possible to imagine a less rigid and more evolutionary architecture.
The French Pavilion is an open architecture to meet the public, think and wish like a thinking machine, dialogue, imagine new habits.
Arnaud Eubelen, Niveau Zero Atelier, Cookies.lol, Cécile Beau, Angéline Behr, Marco Federico Cagnoni, Frederique Barchelard
Serge Ferrari, Simonin, Sammode Lighting,