The house must remain a shelter, both physical and spiritual, against the aggressions of modern life.
As the author Alain de Botton writes: “We build like we write: to keep in mind what is important to us.”
Finding inspiration in the wooden architecture of the Shaker communities of North Eastern United States (end of XVIIIth – XIXth century) James Bansac has developed a unique architecture of simplicity, rigor and originality associated to the use of natural materials, and with a concern for functionality.
His projects do not follow a style but reflect a dialogue with customers, the sensibility of the site and environment, the absence of decoration, the purity of lines, economy of means and simplicity contribute to harmony and beauty.
The architectural work is centered on bold projects such as very sloppy lands, difficult access, limited budgets, exiguous lands, but also an environmental approach through the use of wood framing and siding: it requires no energy for its elaboration, it is 100% biodegradable and recyclable; the thermal bridges inherent to other building systems are removed. Building with wood is taking action against global warming.
The projects call to renewable energy for heating, the collection of rainwater (why water one’s garden with drinkable water?) and enhancement of craftsmanship.