2015 - ongoing


My interest in the history of technology and climate-based design naturally led me to study vernacular architecture. The term "vernacular architecture" is used to qualify layouts and constructions that can be located geographically by their forms or materials and which generally have been designed "without architects", that is to say according to constructive techniques inherited from a tradition.

Earth Shelter at Les Reveyrons Survey of an agricultural rammed earth building (Les Reveyrons, France) with Valentin Sanitas and Angéline Fontaine

ZAD House Survey of the cabin La Baraka at the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes realized within the framework of the DSAA Urban Alternatives and published in the book Notre-Dame-des-Landes ou le métier de vivre (éd. Loco, 2018)

Vernacular architecture is a great source of teaching both from the point of view of construction techniques (adobe, dry stone masonry...) and the choice of orientation or form. Many architects that I appreciate, such as Hassan Fathy, Fernand Pouillon or André Ravéreau, have insisted on the fundamental interest of studying vernacular architecture, in order to form a technical culture that is relatively free of the prejudices that we often have about materials such as stone or earth.

Monsanto Church at Portugal by Clément Gaillard Survey of the north façade of the ruins of the church of Monsanto (Portugal)

Monsanto Church by Clément Gaillard Photograph of the ruins of the Monsanto church (Portugal)

Surveys of some modern constructions designed according to the site and the local climate are used to understand the evolution of the construction techniques (lengthening of the spans, evolution of the ventilation systems, etc.).

Wursteisen house ventilation system by Clément Gaillard Study of the ventilation system by chimney effect in the house of the architect Georges Wursteisen (Cabestany, France)

Couvent de la Tourette detail by Clément Gaillard Analysis of the different spans at the Tourette convent of Le Corbusier (L'Arbresle, France)