Located in a remote valley of the «Volcans d’Auvergne» region in the center of France, the project aims to offer a profound view enhanced by a massive rock known as «La Roche Nité.» This rock serves as a testament to the incredible forces of nature that shaped the valley, resulting from both volcanic and glacial activity. The off-grid project is positioned at the edge of a private property, a respectable distance away from the main house.
Designed to be more than just a sauna, the program fulfills all the requirements for providing shelter. Visitors can spend time amidst the mountainous landscape. The project is equipped with a spacious bench for resting and sleeping, a wood-burning fireplace for heating and cooking, an outdoor shower for bathing and water supply, and a large window for natural light and views.
The design choices are motivated by a frugal aesthetic, emphasizing simplicity to facilitate self- construction and to minimize the budget to the bare essentials. Designed and built by the same team, the project development breaks the opposition between thinking and making.
A minimal impact on the welcoming ground was obtained by four wooden pillars that allow vegetation to grow freely underneath. The materials used are the result of an ultralocal and bio-sourced industry. The project utilizes locally-sourced wood for its structure and cladding, harvested and processed in the nearby region. Retrieved from prior construction sites, the door, glazing, and pillars bring a unique aesthetic thanks to their own dimensions and specifications.
The construction is oriented to optimize resistance against heavy winds and snow. The use and position of wood siding and corrugated metal sheets is based on the durability of each material for prolonged exposure to harsh weather conditions.