Collaborative workshops

The consortium led by Tectoniques has won a tender for the redevelopment of the town center of Orliénas in the Rhône.
The project is composed of a set of small facilities (nursery, school, library, restaurant). It supports and completes the existing facilities and contributes to the creation of a new landscape, very green and with a naturalist atmosphere.
The buildings are made of wood and insulated with straw.
An original and committed citizen participation system has been set up for this operation with collaborative workshops and construction – cafés.

From concrete to wood

The restructuring and extension of the Bastié college in Dole is in its first phase and delivery is scheduled

Built in the 70’s in prefabricated concrete components, the Bastié high school in Dole is undergoing a complete renovation and extension.
All the new works are also made of components but this time in wood. Delivery is scheduled for September 2022.
On this project, we are carrying out a work of architectural restitution of the floor system. The existing floors are prefabricated concrete caissons, typical of the 70s, which we are keeping. The new floors are made of wood but they restore, with the same dimensional characteristics, the pattern of the initial caissons. They are made by the group of carpenters ALD – Marillier.

On the lakefront

We are very happy to participate in the competition for the creation of a Naturotheque, in the Parc de l’Olivier in Istres. The 11 hectares of the Park are on the edge of the Etang de l’Olivier, itself north of the Etang de Berre. The ensemble to be created is an awareness platform on the environment, biodiversity and agro-ecology for schools and the general public. This ambitious program is led by the Metropole Aix-Marseille-Provence with the city of Istres.
For this exciting project, we are accompanied by the landscape designer Jean Baptiste Lestra, usual partner of the Tectoniques team and teacher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Marseille.

low carbon housing

The Villeneuve eco-district – ZAC du Coteau is located in Cognin, west of Chambéry. We are the winners, in a consortium led by Icade, of the consultation on blocks 4.1, 4.2, 3.1 and 3.2. The project management team consists of Tectoniques, Loup & Menigoz architectes associés, MRP – Marco Rossi Paysage and Terre Eco for the environment.
This 150-home complex offers a variety of housing types (individual housing, intermediate and collective) and features innovative typologies.
The environmental approach and the construction processes are ambitious, with in particular the development of prefabrication and the dry process, the construction of wood in short circuits or the realization of works in low carbon concrete based on pozzolan cement.


The courtyard of the new school of Montmerle, in the Ain, is being assembled.
It is made of two CLT XXL plates, the largest transportable format, pierced with a series of oculi.
The whole will be covered by a translucent plate. The company Nugues realizes this singular object.


As part of our development, we are looking for architects in Lyon and Bordeaux, as well as a QEB-CVC engineer and an economist for Tectoniques ingénieurs.

Palimpsest in Merignac

In Mérignac, east of Bordeaux Metropole, the agency is dedicated to a rather unusual activity around a heritage restitution.
The existing structures are made of solid stone while the new ones are built in wood and clad in metal sheets.
The final result of this double juxtaposition of stone + wood and new + old is scheduled for 2022.
The facility houses various public services of the city, including a day care center and a residents’ center.
A vertical geothermal probe installation and a self-consumption photovoltaic production unit accompany this project, which has an RT – 40%.

Into the wild

We have just been awarded two beautiful private orders located in the middle of nature and in the open air.
These are two lodge programs, quite similar, but in two very different landscapes. The first one is located on the edge of a magnificent private pond in Corrèze. The second is located on a perched site in the heart of the Pilat Park.

Planted decks

Tectoniques won the competition for the Maison des Familles de Limonest.
The new facility is located at the bedside and below the Saint Martin church, in the heart of the town.
This remarkable location suggests a discreet and respectful presence.
To do this, we propose a device of anchoring and absorption of the project in the existing slope.
It leans and develops in the height of the base wall of the church square without exceeding its reference altitude.
The architecture is formed from a succession of three planted decks.
The House of Families thus seems to emerge from the landscape without trying to dominate it.

10th International Wood Construction Forum

The FBC 2021, a great gathering of all the actors of the wood industry, takes place this year at the Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris. Our team presented the project of the new public facilities of the Gavotte in Pennes-Mirabeau, north of Marseille. The operation is at the end of its construction phase. It is an important milestone for our experience in wood and bio-sourced construction in the Mediterranean climate. The project has been awarded the BDM Gold level label for sustainable Mediterranean buildings. It illustrates in particular the efficiency of the biosourced + geosourced tandem to ensure summer comfort, which is becoming the main focus of our current approach.

2870 tons of CO2

The developer REI, committed to ecology and wood construction since its creation, is starting its first operation in the Lyon region with the Tectoniques team. For this project, REI is associated with the Lyon team of Icade.
The program is located in the Orfèvres eco-district in Trévoux and comprises 84 homes and a gite. It is mainly built in wood (integral wood for the second family of buildings and a mixed wood-concrete solution for the third family). The project reaches the E3C2 level and the biosourced label level 3 with a wood-energy heating.
The total CO2 gain of the operation for a 50-year building life is about 2870 tons, i.e. 34 tons of CO2 per apartment.
These 2870 tons represent 11 million km by car, or 161,000 round trips between Lyon and Trevoux.

Straw, hemp and wood

The construction site of the Melun schools, in the Woodi eco-district, is in the assembly phase. The construction is mainly made of wood (wood-frame facades, wood-frame walls, ribbed CLT floors, joist structure for the roof) and bio-sourced materials (straw caissons for the roof and biofib-trio insulation in the vertical section / hemp and flax).
The caissons are supplied empty on the site because the installation of the insulators is ensured, in situ, in hours of insertions.
For the moment, the site does not seem to suffer too much from the tension on the supply of wood and products of the sector.

Finally delivered

After many ups and downs, the social housing site on rue Pasteur in Caluire has finally been delivered.
Built for Lyon Métropole Habitat, this program is a mixed wood and concrete solution.
It includes 69 bi-oriented units, all with loggias and distributed by outdoor walkways.
The wood-framed facades – FOB – are clad in Fibrocement sheets and steel cladding, alternating matt and shiny, mineral and metallic.
We address a special dedication to Sébastien Dangin who followed, for Tectoniques, the end of this laborious construction site.
Photos : Renaud Araud

new adventure

After more than ten years on Boulevard Eugène Deruelle, the architects and engineers of Tectoniques are looking forward to a new adventure and a new environment.
The latter is envisaged as a collaborative platform bringing together professions and expanded skills in a dynamic of exchange and sharing of experiences.
This change of space and professional paradigm is also a change of generation. Tectoniques is in the process of rejuvenating and renewing its group of partners.

Shared city-campus equipment

Tectoniques won the competition for the creation of a shared City-Campus facility in the centre of Vaulx-en-Velin.
The National School of Architecture of Lyon / ENSAL and the School of Sustainable Land Management / ENTPE are the prestigious neighbours and users of the new facility.
Its ambition is to encourage exchanges and collaboration between players in the economic world, secondary and higher education, vocational training, social development and civil society.
The project is designed as a multi-purpose platform, which can evolve and is very open to the public space.
Built in wood, biosourced and geosourced materials, the project is a constructive and environmental demonstrator, particularly for student architects and engineers, who are the designers of tomorrow.

Flocked wood

The world of timber construction is changing context.
The devices we used to use until now no longer comply with the regulations that are being developed on fire safety in timber construction.
We are therefore forced to adapt our projects, including on sites already under way but designed with the old rules in mind.
This is notably the case in Strasbourg, for the ilot démonstrateur bois et biosourcé at the Port du Rhin.
The first building is practically at the end of assembly. and a series of adaptations had to be made during the course of the works, with the advice of Eric Dibling (AMO of the project owner) and the control office, Cyrille Camus of Socotec. One of the most spectacular measures concerned the flocking of all the assembly fittings to ensure their fire stability.
This system gives rise to previously unseen images on a timber site.

ENEDIS in full transparency ?

The ENEDIS Training Campus is located next to Saint Bel, on the site of the Villa Mangini, named after a little-known but extraordinary family of humanist entrepreneurs from Lyon. A fascinating book, written by Laurence Duran Jaillard, is dedicated to them by Libel editions.
The house itself is signed by the architect Gaspard André.
Our project workshop was very lively and exciting for our team, with in particular the development of innovative construction schemes and an exemplary environmental approach.
We shared this study with Adelfo Scaranello architect, Jean Baptiste Lestra landscape architect and our friends from Arborescence and eEgénie.
Unfortunately, we learned in the press, and after everyone else, that we had lost this consultation.
This unpleasant experience allowed us to discover the very curious and perfectly opaque practices of ENEDIS …
We would also like to congratulate the Chabanne agency which has been designated the winner of this great operation.
Images / Entre chien et loup 

Not in my backyard

This summer, we filed and obtained a building permit on behalf of a private owner for the reconstruction of a town house he owns, at the end of the rue des Tables Claudiennes, on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse in Lyon.
This permit is currently the subject of more than 65 appeals.
In a way, we could be quite proud to have set a kind of record in this way.
On the contrary, we are rather surprised and disappointed to see that a project that strictly complies with urban planning rules and displays strong constructive and environmental ambitions is stigmatized to such an extent by its neighbors.
The new house is built entirely of wood and bio-sourced materials and has a totally new environmental footprint on the slopes of La Croix-Rousse.
It also has a sober architecture that is consistent with the surrounding Canuts buildings.
But the “not in my backyard” is at work.
The arguments put forward in the appeals are the result of a pure search for litigation and impediments. They are clearly incriminating, and in a register not of that here.
Funny detail of this little story : some of the architects and engineers in the Tectoniques group are Croix-Roussiens, and some of them have been there for a very long time.
So we are calmly watching these exchanges, as inhabitants of a neighborhood that we love and that we imagine to be evolving and alive.

Mixed wood-concrete system

Tectoniques is the winner of a consultation for lot i of the new Grand Parilly district in Vénissieux.
The buildings are designed in a mixed wood-concrete system and are thus part of a new generation of construction and architecture in the Lyon metropolis.
The wood and its transformation are sourced regionally.
The performance levels are BEPOS Effinergie 2017(E3C1), NF HQE housing and the performance level of the Référentiel Grand Lyon.
The program includes 115 housing units and shared spaces.
The developer is Lionheart accompanied by D2P conseil and the Atelier Roche agency as chief architect.
Icade is the owner of the lot and we are sharing this project with the BBC agency.

RE 2020 at last in the right direction

The November 24th statements of the Minister of Ecological Transition regarding the trajectory of the future RE 2020 are a real change of direction and a strong commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.
After a long period of procrastination and scenarios of sometimes strange valuation of certain building systems, here we are finally with a roadmap that values in its right place wood and bio-sourced materials.

French CLT

The photo report on the Maison de l’enfance d’Albertville has just been delivered / selection of some views above. Designed in a very compact way, the project is nevertheless of great programmatic density. It includes a multi-accueil, a nursery assistant relay, a family crèche, a school restaurant and a leisure centre. It is built using a hybrid process. A central block of concrete pre-walls is surrounded and raised by a wooden structure. The latter consists of vertical CLT structures and glulam flooring. The CLT is made of French wood (PLX from Monnet Sève). The insulation is made of bio-based materials (cellulose wadding, wood wool and recycled textile mix). The equipment is heated by a biomass heating network and ventilated by an adiabatic AHU. Full photo report coming soon.

Presentation of the Rénovacime research program on October 14th at Pôle Excellence Bois

Most of the buildings built in the 400 French stations suffer from the same problems: overly systematic architecture, cramped apartments, dilapidated interior decoration, poorly organized common spaces that are not very user-friendly and offer too few services, poorly insulated facades, inefficient windows, energy-intensive equipment (electric convectors, poorly calibrated lighting, limited sanitary facilities and kitchens), and maintenance that is often incomplete because of the complex status of condominiums.
The observation is well known: the quality of the real estate is eroding and the image of the stations is becoming impoverished.

The fight against cold beds has therefore become a central issue for the viability of the stations. Beyond the necessary renovation of an aging heritage, it is a question of offering a second youth to second home condominiums. It is necessary to stimulate occupancy, through increased comfort, facilitating services and habitability designed for all four seasons.
Today, this approach must also be based on a reflection on the ecological footprint of the interventions.
The mountain is indeed a vulnerable natural and social environment.

The prospective study developed within the framework of the Renovacime program is generic, open and shareable. It proposes measures applicable to all situations.
The first axis concerns the renovation of the building envelope to improve energy performance and update its aesthetics.
The second axis is concerned with the habitability of the dwellings, their possible extension and their comfort.
The third axis imagines the reconfiguration of the common areas to integrate new services.
Finally, the last axis explores the densification of use by creating new living areas in elevation.
The program advocates the massive use of wood and bio-sourced materials as well as the use of short supply and skills circuits.

The program is developed under the aegis of the Pôle Excellence Bois by architects from the Tekhné and Tectoniques agencies, engineers from Tribu, Arborescence, Denizou, Charpente Concept, Tectoniques ingénieurs and the company Maître Cube. Drawings Alexandra Marin Leaf and perspectives of Vladimir DMDJ

Winner of Trophées Séquences bois 2020

The market hall of Marcy l’Etoile, in the Monts du Lyonnais , is the winner of Trophées Sequence Bois 2020. It is characterized by a woven and curved wooden tablecloth developed with Arborescence’s engineers.

integral wood solution

The building permit for a 4500 m2 office building in Dardilly has been filed. The project is designed as a complete wood solution and aims at the Breeam very good label. Freed from the stairwells, which are offset from the living space, the floors are designed to be converted into flex-office, open-space or classic offices. Groupe Duval is the project owner. Delivery is scheduled for 2022.

Wood and bio-sourced simulator

This new tool was developed by VIZCAB (specialising in LCA and low carbon issues) and Tectoniques under the direction of the FCBA and the CNDB, with the support of France Bois Forêt, the CODIFAB and the DHUP (Direction de l’Habitat, de l’Urbanisme et des Paysages).
This simulator, based on an automated Excel spreadsheet, aims to evaluate constructive solutions according to a targeted rate of biosourced materials. The simulator does not require a survey, and is based on elementary data such as living areas or the number of levels.
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Cross laminated timber + Raw clay bricks

After the sanitary truce, the Gavotte construction site at Pennes Mirabeau has just resumed. The current phase mobilizes in particular the CLT slabs with about 1000 m3 required for the operation, and the raw earth bricks which compensate for the inertial weakness of the wood construction. The operation has obtained the GOLD level of the BDM (Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens) label.

Recent work

This book presents in a detailed and documented way the recent projects of Tectoniques. A little patience is required to download the 300 pages.

Wood + concrete

Just inaugurated and already closed because of Covid, the House of Arts of Charbonnières-Les-Bains did not have much time to break in. The equipment belongs to a new generation of projects from Tectoniques.
In the continuity of the work undertaken, certain points such as the materiality, the relationship to the ground or the constructive mode are evolving towards other devices than those usually developed by the agency, in particular around “all-wood” constructive solutions.
The project consists of a concrete base topped by a wooden structure. The pedestal houses the Youth House while the “wooden cap” houses the music and dance school.
The energy hub consists of an innovative assembly with a condensing boiler coupled to a gas absorption heat pump, itself associated with three vertical geothermal piles 120 metres deep.
Full photo report coming soon.

12 years after

12 years after its delivery, the Nordic ski area of Bessans in Haute Maurienne has taken on a few marks but proudly displays its age.
The skiers are, for their part, always more numerous on this site where snow is never lacking.

Building a new territory for the Paris Olympic Games

As part of the operations to organize the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Paris 2014, our consortium, led by the company Maître Cube, is the winner of the global public performance contract for the construction of two schools in the town of Le Bourget.
These two projects are very ambitious in terms of construction, with a complete wood and biosourced sector, and in terms of environmental objectives with a passivhaus level.
Our team of architects is made up of Tectonics and our friends from Ajeance. A003 complete this binomial for the operational part.
The city of Le Bourget and the SPL le Bourget Grand Paris are project owners of the operation. TVK architects and Base landscapers are in charge of the ZAC Cluster des Médias (project reception site) created around Solideo for the Paris Olympic Games.

Macro-components for facades

The social housing program, rue Meunier, in Villeurbanne for EMH is being delivered.
The wood frame macro-components have been prefabricated in the SDCC workshops in Varces.

Photo report coming soon.