Tourism construction in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
Built in Yamoussoukro by Work, this luxury hotel was built in anticipation of the C.A.N. The entire shell was constructed in MecoBriq, using soil extracted from the site (swimming pool, foundations, sceptic tanks, etc.). The hotel comprises 10 rooms and suites. Although there’s no air-conditioning, the rooms remain cool and pleasant all day long, thanks to their bioclimatic design.
Rural housing in Toumodi, Ivory Coast
This village, built by Habitat for Humanity, was designed to relocate inhabitants whose homes were regularly destroyed by the waters of a river. Around a hundred houses were built with the help of the community. In addition to providing the villagers with decent housing, this program has enabled young people to be trained in the techniques of making and building MecoBriq houses, and subsequently to develop their own business.
Terra B Congo
Housing in Okala, Libreville, Gabon
Built in 2011 by Terra-B-Congo, this is one of the very first houses built using MecoBriq. MecoBriq was used as a mortar-free infill for a concrete post-and-beam structure, as well as for interior partitions. After 10 years, the house remains in perfect condition, showing no signs of visible deterioration.
Abidjan Convention Centre, Ivory Coast
This public-access complex was built by Work on Ile Boulay, opposite Abidjan, and comprises several buildings. This isolated site had no public electricity at the time of construction. Completion is scheduled for next year, and its capacity to accommodate 3,000 people will make it one of MecoBriq’s most remarkable constructions to date.
Droneport, Norman Foster Foundation
Remarkable architecture at the Venice Biennale
Construction of a demonstration for the 2016 Venice Biennale, with a view to build Droneports designed by Norman Foster for Rwanda. The project was carried out in collaboration with The Norman Foster Foundation, Lafarge’s R&D centre, M.I.T. and ETH Zurich. MecoConcept provided technical support for the development of the bricks. The bricks were manufactured by Bricabloc.
Construction in Senegal
“L’UMAT du Sahel” is a low-carbon project based on the development of local resources, developed by LOCARBOM in partnership with the Senegalese Ministry of Learning.
The demonstrator has been built in Diamniadio, at the heart of Greater Dakar’s “City of Knowledge”. This Mobile Assembly and Processing Unit was delivered in autumn 2021, with its first 2 cohorts of referent trainers to the Senegalese Ministry of Vocational Training.
The “on-the-job” experiential teaching approach developed with AFPA is being implemented on 3 pilot sites.
Construction in Senegal
This project, initiated by Evreux town council in partnership with Casa Fouta, has enabled exchanges between young people from Evreux and Casamance. Young people from Evreux joined their Senegalese counterparts in Ziguinchor to learn how to make bricks together, and took part in the construction of a small structure.
As a result of this exchange, a brick production facility was set up by Casa Fouta, which was subsequently able to produce its own bricks.
To make its bricks, Casa Fouta uses ManuMeco as well as the rotary sieve and mixer supplied by MecoConcept.
Architecture et territoires
Thermal regulation / inertia column (Vendée, France)
Developed by Architecture et Territoires, an architectural practice based in the Vendée, this structure, in the form of a hollow rectangular pillar, helps to even out the temperature between the two floors of the building.
The structure rises to a height of 5.3 metres, and crosses both levels. At the very top, a small fan blows the hot air back into the column, optimising its performance.
The MecoBriq walls were installed with a thin joint using a fine, creamy mortar: a clay slip.
Thermal regulation / dynamic thermal wall (Pyrenees, France)
The dynamic thermal wall optimises the thermal regulating properties of MecoBriq. A channel between the bricks houses a PVC pipe through which a fluid passes.
The wall is then supplied with hot or cold water, enabling the house to be cooled in summer or heated in winter.
To keep energy bills as low as possible, a reversible heat pump, combined with a solar water heater and a ground-source network, can regulate the temperature of the wall.
SCOP Terre Avenir
Thermal regulation / Trombe wall (Isère, France)
The trombe wall, placed behind glass and facing south, allows warm air to circulate without any energy input other than that from the sun.
The wall faces due south and is placed behind a pane of glass. When the sun shines on the glass, the temperature of the area between the wall and the glass rises. The air is blown into the room through an opening at the top of the wall.
A vacuum is then created between the wall and the glass, which draws fresh air into the room through an opening at the bottom of the wall.
To avoid overheating in summer, an overhanging roof prevents the sun’s rays from heating the glass.
Thermal regulation / masonry heater (Gaillac, France)
This masonry heater was self-built. This heating system can heat a room for several days with just a few hours of flames, and generates very little heat, thanks to a particularly efficient combustion principle:
The hearth rises to a very high temperature, and the smoke circulates through flues that raise the overall temperature, sometimes to over 60°C. Once the fire has burnt out, the heat is slowly released back into the house.
Thermal regulation / inertia walls (Vendée, France)
Two inertia walls were built in this house. The first, made of MecoBriq “pivot”, is a half-cylinder surrounding a wood-burning stove. Its shape allows it to surround the stove and better store the heat radiated by it. Its cylindrical shape and the pattern formed by the bricks also make it a decorative feature of the house.
The second, rectilinear wall has more of a passive accumulation function, allowing it to “capture” the heat radiated into the room by the various sources of emission (residents, ovens, radiators, etc.). The combination of these two solutions can significantly reduce energy consumption.
Wine cellars in Burgundy
Renovation / wall lining (Burgundy, France)
Lining the walls of this building has improved its thermal and moisture performance. Bricks made from rainwater, and therefore chlorine-free, prevent the occurrence of pathologies which are harmful to the proper conservation of the wine.
The qualities of the earth have also enabled the winegrower to better manage the hygrometry and temperature of his building, and thus make savings.
Construction / partitions (Vigoulet Auzil, France)
The production of the bricks and the assembly of the various partitions were carried out by self-builders, using soil from the same plot of land. The partitions in different parts of the house help to balance the temperature. In the main room, a wood-burning stove is used to heat the room, while the partitions capture any excess heat and store it, releasing it after heating.
Thermal regulation / inertia walls (Marzens, France)
This was a self-build project. The “pivot” and “4×2” MecoBriqs were produced using soil from the same plot of land, and were used to create several structures with different shapes, giving an original aesthetic to the main room of the house.
Les voisins terre pelle
Construction / partitions (Vendée, France)
This participative housing project was built in La Roche-Sur-Yon in the Vendée. The bricks used were made by the actif-emploi social integration site, and the walls were erected by self-builders.
Chez les voisins
Construction / load-bearing walls (Montesquieu, Gers, France)
The building was self-built in 2016 by 70 volunteers, a craftsman and two young architects. The 100 m² space, which is accessible to people with reduced mobility, is built from mud bricks, pure adobe, wood and recycled materials. Semi-open-plan, it comprises a 70 m² room, a kitchen and a bar. Outside, there are three terraces, a dry toilet building, a planted filter and an access ramp. Chez les voisins is first and foremost a place where people meet, and that’s good for you! Find out more about Chez les voisins.
Art installation (Paris, France)
Detail of the installation “États” was created in 2016 by ceramic artist Jacques Kaufmann especially for the exhibition “Terres” – carte blanche to Alia Begana, architect at the gallery épisodique, in Paris. The exhibition was part of the “Young memories” series of exhibitions organised by painter Alexandra Roussopoulos. The bricks used in the exhibition were manufactured by Bricabloc, based in Deux Sèvres.