La Ruche (“the Beehive”) : an exemplary collaborative housing project

La Ruche is a social collaborative and collective housing project where inhabitants pool their resources. Assembled from a timber frame filled with straw, this residence received an award in the 2014 Aquitaine Low Energy Building call for projects. Built using a collaborative and passive mode, its inhabitants were involved from the initial design phase of the project and every effort was made to reduce the energy consumption of the building.

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