Winter garden in Basel

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OUR APPROACH

adobe mould for earth construction

LAST PROJECT

axonometric view of the housing building

LAST RESEARCH

illustration of truck unloading gravel
ground floor plan

Wednesday, 06.10.2021

HOLLY-WOOD - PUBLICATION OF COMPETITION

Our proposal for the Fondation HBM’s housing building in the new Cherpines eco-neighbourhood: a wooden building topped by a greenhouse with rainwater recovery and treatment of grey water by worm composting, integrated into a landscape of biodiversity and food production.
A project combining sustainable construction and lifestyles for a climate-compatible habitat.

Glimpse at the project →

3D image of the main bathroom

Tuesday, 10.08.2021

SNOW WHITE

The design of this four-bathroom renovation project is nearing completion. We look forward to the construction phase of this project.

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Swiss architects declare Climate and biodiversity emergency

Monday, 12.07.2021

UNITED AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

We have joined some 130 Swiss architectural offices that are committed to climate and biodiversity. By signing this charter, we underline our commitment to environmentally friendly and sustainable architecture.

Discover the charter →

image of thewatercolor visualisation of a living unit

Tuesday, 25.05.2021

HATE-TOI LENTEMENT ! - PUBLICATION OF THE COMPETITION

A retirement home built with bio-based materials in the middle of a free-picking orchard with a life-size aviary inside? What better way to spend your retirement? We are pleased to present this project, the result of a rich collaboration with CArPE, 2401 and Atelier Nicolas Waechter.

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Logo habitat durable

Friday, 19.03.2021

ADVISORS FOR HABITATDURABLE

We are delighted to be a member of the association Habitatdurable, which works for rational land management, healthy living and climate-friendly construction. Discover this year’s programme of exciting activities!

Agenda Habitatdurable →

mac display showing a beautiful website

Friday, 15.01.2021

WEBSITE UPGRADE

Our website has a new look! We have reworked the design and navigation for a better experience, and are pleased to present our philosophy, beliefs and vision of architecture. Come and discover them!

Take a look at our philosophy →

greeting card

Friday, 01.01.2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We would like to wish you all a happy new year 2021, despite the particular context we are living in. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, our staff and all the people who have placed their trust in us during this year. May 2021 bear fruit for a more responsible and sustainable future!

hay bales in a field from Matt Seymour

Tuesday, 15.12.2020

ONGOING TRAINING STRAW BUILDING

Physalide attaches great importance to the continuous training of its team. Fortunately, despite the pandemic, MOOCs and other online conferences remain active and we are pleased that Alexia Schneider was able to follow this training.

Take a look at the training description →

wooden framework of an old barn

Tuesday, 20.10.2020

CHANTOISEAU - FINAL PRESENTATION

Here is the feasibility study report finalized, bound and delivered to its owners. We have presented the various conclusions of the analysis and hope that they will be useful for the future development of this barn-to-unit conversion project. We look forward to seeing this project take shape!

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multi-purpose room in a collective housing project

Monday, 24.08.2020

OIKOS - COMPETITION PUBLISHED

We are proud to present our latest competition, which was held in April, for the transformation of offices into housing and common areas. This project focuses on the reuse of building materials as an architectural solution with the aim of sustainability and durability, saving materials and waste.

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old facade and garden

Friday, 10.07.2020

NEW TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

We had the pleasure of visiting a beautiful farm where the owners are planning to convert the barn. It is not always easy to determine the potential for renovation, the laws in force and the associated costs, which is why we were mandated to draw up a feasibility study before beginning any type of project. We look forward to beginning this analysis!

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new business cards

Tuesday, 12.05.2020

NEW GRAPHIC CHARTER

We are pleased to introduce you to our new corporate design, which was developed in collaboration with Lucie Bühlmann from Esoes. We would like to thank her for her freshness and creativity!

Visit Esoes website →

our website

Friday, 24.04.2020

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHING

Our new website is online … and you’re on it! We hope you’ll have as much fun discovering it as we had designing it.

poster of course on reuse

Monday, 23.03.2020

ONGOING TRAINING ON REUSE

Physalide associates continue to train in the fields of sustainable construction and therefore take advantage of the lockdown to deepen their knowledge on the reuse of construction materials to remedy the increase in (de)construction waste.

Look at the MOOC description →

Earth model of the new offices

Thursday, 19.12.2019

KOSALAKA - FINAL REVIEW

We are pleased to present our project for the expansion of the offices of the Salvation Army Headquarters in Brazzaville which aims at adapting to the local climate in order to avoid internal overheating, so common in modern buildings in the capital of Congo.

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INAC’s operation diagram

Friday, 04.12.2020

FUNDING REQUEST FOR INAC’S RESTRUCTURATION

We collaborated with local actors to write and submit the funding application for the project to restructure the National Institute for the Blind of Congo (INAC), a long term but very promising project! We hope that the funds can be granted so that the visually impaired population in Brazzaville may encounter a lasting positive change.

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scheme with water painting on solar protection

Friday, 27.09.2019

KOSALAKA - PRESENTATION OF PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES

In order to reduce the overheating of buildings in the tropics and therefore the need for air-conditioning (and their associated costs), it is necessary for the architecture to follow some basic principles (solar protection, night ventilation, thermal phase shift, etc.) which have been discussed during this visual and accessible presentation to the project owner.

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facade of the church

Monday, 19.08.2019

SELF-BUILT CHURCH EXTENSION

We are pleased to be able to accompany a religious community in the expansion of its church. The challenge is to design a contextual architecture using local materials easily accessible in Brazzaville that will be self-constructed by the community itself. Very motivating and inspiring!

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Scheme production of compressed earth blocks

Monday, 15.07.2019

RESEARCH ON LOCAL MATERIALS

We are convinced that architectural projects need to be contextualized in order to be truly successful. Thus we are carrying out a precise study of the building materials available in Brazzaville in order to develop affordable and realistic projects, while being adapted to the climate and culture of the place.

Take a look at the analysis →

Sgraffito on earth plaster

Monday, 01.07.2019

TRAINING ON EARTH CONSTRUCTION

Physalide considers continuing education, whatever its form, as an essential lever for a good professional qualification. The associates thus had the opportunity to participate in two training/construction sites on earth construction, one on cob and the other on rendering. A promising technique for reusing excavation « waste »!

Congo Brazzaville Pool man rebuilds his house in adobe

Wednesday, 08.05.2019

SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE POOL REGION

The Pool is a region emerging from the civil war that has suffered much destruction. People who have fled the conflict are gradually returning to their villages to discover their destroyed houses. The objective of this visit was to assess the damage and to understand the local construction methods in order to develop a long-term aid project for this region. Why not provide some of the basic materials? Pay local craftsmen to rebuild the houses of the most vulnerable people? Or set up a vocational training school for resilient construction?

Congo Brazzaville classrooms under the mongo trees

Wednesday, 01.05.2019

VISIT OF THE POTENTIAL SITES FOR INAC

The National Institute for the Blind of Congo is in a delicate situation: contentious terrain, a failing system, lack of subsidies. The idea is to rethink the programme in depth for quality inclusive education with adapted means. One of the first challenges will be to choose the most suitable terrain to host this new INAC. Visits, (many) discussions and a precise analysis of needs and potentials are in order!

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Congo Brazzaville emergency program woman agriculture

Wednesday, 21.11.2018

REPORTING FROM THE POOL

Aid projects for the victims of the Pool’s civil war have been carried out by the Salvation Army of Congo. These projects have been financially supported by the Salvation Army of Switzerland, who asked us to report on their activities, which will be used in particular to conduct future fundraising for similar projects.

Congo Brazzaville destroyed school during civil war

Thursday, 11.10.2018

VISIT OF THE POOL REGION

The Pool is a region that emerged from civil war less than a year ago. As the exiled populations are gradually returning to their devastated villages, the Salvation Army wanted to carry out a needs analysis in order to set up various aid projects.