St André Lang Architectes have created a sustainable building prototype in France that uses new housing materials. ‘Tourner autour du ried’ is a 20sqm circular structure made of corn cobs and wood, with a stainless steel mesh exterior. It has been built in the village of Muttersholtz and its design was influenced by the corn dryers in the Alsace plains.
The building’s circular shape allows for views of the surrounding landscape, and a middle shaft lets in natural light during the day. The interior layout takes advantage of the sun’s east to west movement, with space to work in the eastern side, an open space in the south, and a sleeping area to the north. There are also openings that relate to the sun’s position, and a singular block of furniture that stretches around the building and integrates the needs of daily activities. Click through to see pictures of the sustainable building: