Eco Quarter Cartoucherie Wood'art

Eco Quarter Cartoucherie Wood'art

Architect
Dietrich | Untertrifaller
Location
Toulouse, France | View Map
Project Year
2022
Category
Shopping Centres

Hotels

Apartments

Cartoucherie Wood'Art Eco District

Dietrich | Untertrifaller as Architects

The mixed-use eco-district “Cartoucherie Wood’art” will be built on a former industrial site on the left bank of the Garonne with a total of 3,100 m² apartments, 6,000 m² of commercial space and public facilities for schools, sports and leisure. The nine-story hotel tower and the two residential complexes that we have planned are part of the award-winning project in the Adiv’bois national competition in France. 75% of the buildings is constructed in timber – an increasingly popular choice in France.
The master plan divides the 13,000-m² area into two sections: The ten-story hotel tower enhances the bustling Place des Halles to the east; the two-story residential buildings lie on the quieter west side. All buildings are connected by a common, grassy ground level which houses retail spaces and public facilities. The undulating gardens are visible from the square, providing shared meeting points for residents.

In the apartments, untreated wooden surfaces offer a natural, healthy living environment for all the senses. Seeing, touching, smelling – wood arouses emotions and generates well-being. Partition walls made of CLT (cross laminated timber) allow a modular construction and, if required, flexible adaptation of the apartment floor plans.
Apart from the development core made of concrete, the structures consist entirely of wood, with load-bearing walls and floors in CLT. From the first floor upwards, apart from a concrete access core, the entire superstructure is pre-fabricated: with two-dimensional modules (floors and wall). The prefabrication of the individual modules means short assembly times on site, less noise and dust pollution for the residents and enormous ecological advantages. Wood stores carbon dioxide, is regionally available and renewable and saves energy thanks to its excellent thermal insulation properties.


The residential district of La Cartoucherie shows that wood is an excellent building material, not only because of its ecologically sustainable qualities and its positive effect on the quality of living but also due to its affordability and constructional properties in large-scale, urban buildings.

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