Rural conservation charity launches architecture competition

Rural conservation charity Maisons Paysannes de France has launched an architecture competition.
Rural conservation charity Maisons Paysannes de France has launched an architecture competition.

The annual Architecture et Patrimoine competition for buildings that respect tradition and fit their surroundings harmoniously has been launched by rural conservation charity Maisons Paysannes de France.

Cash prizes up for grabs

Nine cash prizes, from €1,000-3,000, are awarded – six for old buildings restored using traditional skills and local materials, and three for new-builds or extensions that integrate perfectly in the landscape.

The closing date has been extended from June 15 to August 15, due to Covid-19, and prizes will be awarded at the Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel at the Louvre in Paris in October.

Entry requirements and past winners

Entrants need to send photographs showing the before, during, and result of the project (maisons-paysannes.org/actions/concours/). Entrants may include associations, councils and professionals such as architects, but also homeowners who have taken on a restoration project themselves.

Last year, one of the winners was the Ferme de Bois-Méan at Arrou, Eure-et-Loir, where the foundations of a farm and its half-timbering dating from 1759 were restored and turned ...

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