« COACHING » DAY
We had the pleasure to accompany candidates to the Diaspora & Development 2021-2022 prize of Fedevaco during a « coaching » day on project simulation and risks. We were able to bring our expertise in the field of sustainable construction and our experience in cooperation projects. We have been enriched by all these beautiful projects, we wish the best to all candidates!
PRESENTATION AT APRES-VD
We had the pleasure to share with the network of the Chamber of Social and Solidarity Economy Après-VD about our office and our work. Thank you all for your participation!
NEW ARTICLE PAGE!
« What exactly is sustainable architecture? »
We are inaugurating a new page on our website which will bring together a range of articles to answer this question, painting an evocative picture of the environmental issues linked to building as well as the keys to tackling them positively.
This will answer all your questions and take you into the amazing world of ecological habitat! Enjoy your reading and see you soon for new articles!
CHANGE IN ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
Our articles of association are changing!
Physalide is now a non-profit limited liability company, one of the first examples in the canton of Vaud.
Physalide was founded with a single goal: to promote an architecture that respects our environment. Therefore, the non-profit limited liability company clearly translates this initial will to put our economic activity at the service of this goal!
The following two principles are now engraved in the legal DNA of Physalide:
• Pursue an ideal goal, not the search for profit.
• Reinvest the profit in the company for the pursuit of this goal and the associates renounce to dividends.
START OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK
The work on the bathroom renovation has begun! Having completed the various design phases of the project, we are now looking forward to the implementation phase. We strive to bring our projects into the circular economy loop, which is why the sanitary appliances have been deposited by a local company that will take care giving them a second life!
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.
The design of this four-bathroom renovation project is nearing completion. We look forward to the construction phase of this project.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 »!
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?
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!
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.
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.