On April 27, 2011, the jury deliberated all day before choosing this wooden house prototype from among twenty submitted projects (out of nearly 70 registered teams). The Jury also chose two runner-ups:
– the first was Team 53 made up of Salomé Wackernagel and Pavin Chanteau from ENSA Versailles and Xavier Cazard, student at the Ecole Supérieure des Travaux Publics;
– the second was Team 57, whose members included Julien Miniou and Nawfal El Boukfaoui from ENSA Paris Val de Seine and Pauline Koch from the Institut français d’Urbanisme.
Catherine Pierre, journalist, will present all three projects in the June 2011 edition of the magazine AMC LE MONITEUR ARCHITECTURE.
The house imagined by Natalia, Ledo, and Bernardo combined Tali (African timber) with daub, palm leaves, and baked bricks. A construction workshop around their project was set up at ENSA Versailles, led by Jean Yves Riaux, master carpenter, project coordinator, and Jury President. Organized from May 3 to 6, 2011, the goal was to engage the winners and other volunteer students to work with the construction details of the winning project.
For the final phase of the A’BOIS contest, the students will go to Pointe Noire, in the Republic of the Congo, to build a full scale version of their project for the Racewood conference – an inter-African meeting for cooperation with Europe concerning wood that will take place on September 29 and 30, 2011.
|Jury Members of the A’Bois contest:Jean Yves Riaux, master carpenter, coordinator of the project, and jury president,|
Nicolas Michelin, architect,
Vincent Michel, director of Ensa-v,
Catherine Péguillan, manager at ATIBT/IFIA,
Catherine Pierre, Associate editor for AMC,
Guillermo Wieland, professor at Ensa-v
Gilles Ebersolt, professor at Ensa-v
Suzanne Stacher, professor at Ensa-v
Mahmoud Keldi, architect,
Benjamin Ancel, president of assaut vert
Marc Boinet,head of the A’BOIS project L’Assaut Vert :
The ecological association of ENSA-V launched, on March 8, 2011 the A’Bois national contest to conceive of a prototype for housing using wood certified in the Congo Basin. The project’s goals are to raise awareness amongst students on the use of certified wood, on origin control procedures, and the necessity for the proper management of forests for the future of the planet and its ecosystems. It also aims to offer local populations an ecological and economically feasible alternative to the use of manufactured products in construction.
With their contest, L’Assaut Vert has chosen to further the initiative of the Fondation Chirac, of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and of the FGEF: raising awareness amongst architecture students concerning the issues of deforestation and the use of legal and certified wood in construction. This initiative was launched on September 2010 with the support of the ATIBT.