Wild South Media Library (France): Energy & Hot Climates Winner - Green Solutions Awards 2018

The Wild South Media Library, on the Reunion Island, is based on a specific sustainability approach to the tropical and subtropical climates and interrogates contemporary architecture of the Reunion Island. The library creates a progression from public space to the intimacy, providing a true connection to the outside and blurring the limits with the inside of the building. In order to achieve that result, the project was oriented toward passive, but open building requiring no air conditioning thanks to complementary solutions:

  • Over-insulation and protection against solar rays;
  • Light wood façades to reduce the inertia of the walls;
  • Natural ventilation with the addition of a low-pressure chimney;
  • Greenroofs and planted exteriors to create a cool island effect;
  • Maximal permeability for water management;
  • Reused rainwater in bathrooms;
  • Focus on the acoustic comfort of users, by multiplying sound absorption systems on walls and ceilings;
  • Healthy materials and important natural ventilation air flow to ensure optimal indoor air quality.

Saint-Joseph de la Réunion, France
Public Building

Contractor: City of Saint-Joseph
Construction manager: Co-Architectes
Consultancy agencies: TRIBU, Gui Jourdan, Héliotropic + EFITEC, Intégrale Ingénierie
Economist: ABTEC
Landscaper: Adhoc


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