MVRDV’s architecture has always been driven by our desire for better cities, to create engaging amenities and exciting, diverse buildings. We push for the best possible social, green features in all of our work, and a great tool to do so is the smart use of materials. Wood structures especially have proven over time to be a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of new construction.
Join Pierre des Courtis on April 13th for a lecture at the 12th International Wood Construction Forum in Lille. This lecture is part of the workshop titled ‘’Rehabilitating and decarbonizing the living environment: technical solutions for finishing and industrialized bio sourced products’’. Pierre and Antoine Leveque from SRA Architects will use MVRDV’s project Gaité Montparnasse to demonstrate how wood – CLT in particular- can be adopted in housing construction.
Gaité Montparnasse is a transformation project which rationalized the existing uses of the mixed-used block thanks to circular economy principles by reusing significant parts of the previous 1970s structure. Social housing with a timber structure was added, to minimize the carbon footprint of the additional new block, making the project more accessible and sustainable.
EPFL Lausanne graduate and Senior Project leader, Pierre des Courtis works in MVRDV's Paris office, overseeing the design and development of projects on multiple scales, from buildings to mixed-use blocks.