Raw earth, a fertile material23rd January 2023 - 5 min read
There are many different inhabitants of our planet - insects, mammals and of course human beings - and all of them have been able to recognise that earth is a suitable material for the construction of places to live.
Passive real estate for tomorrow4th November 2022 - 4 min read
The future of construction today is becoming more and more challenging. Even if it is still possible to design projects without questioning the construction methods, it is the directions we take today that will shape the future.
Wood to build tomorrow7th October 2022 - 5 min read
It is obvious to all that wood construction, largely replaced by reinforced concrete and steel throughout the past century, is making a remarkable comeback. At Atelier Nova we have put our faith in wood and you can discover in this article what makes us see it as the future of construction.
The architecture of the 70s and its outdated energy strategy14th September 2022 - 5 min read
The Cazard student residence, located in a working-class district near La Riponne in Lausanne, is a particularly interesting case study. It offers us a perfect situation to implement a real strategy of sober and intelligent renovation for a category of building which is very common in our cities.
Shou-Sugi Ban or the art of burnt wood3rd August 2022 - 1 min read
Always looking for environmentally friendly materials and construction techniques, we had the opportunity to successfully experiment with Shu-Sugi Ban during the recent construction of a Minergie-P timber frame house. But ultimately what makes this technique so attractive today?
1952 – 2022 Back to the future for a rental property22nd July 2022 - 2 min read
The building that has caught our attention is located in the centre of Pully. It was built in 1952 and is made up of 10 apartments with an average surface area of 100m2 each. This type of building is very common in our cities and we would like to share with you in this article an enlightening case study on their potential for energy renovation.