The Design / BuildLab project

The designbuildLAB is an educational, research and public interest initiative that is part of the AE&CC (architecture, environment & constructive cultures) Master's program at ENSAG School of Architecture, Université Grenoble Alpes.

This experimental learning program focuses on the development of an ecologically, socially and culturally responsible architecture. It allows architecture students to collaborate with local authorities and construction experts to design and build 1:1 demonstrator projects together.

The participative process through which the projects are carried out aims to encourage the sharing of knowledge and know-how between all the actors of sustainable construction and the general public.

This approach, supported by the Fondation de France and the Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations, has an exceptional dimension as it is in line with the National Strategy for Architecture launched by the Ministry of Culture since 2015 to "transform the act of building tomorrow".

The "Maison pour Tous" project, a joint work carried out in the municipality of Four (Nord Isère) in partnership with the Communauté d'Agglomération des Portes de l'Isère (CAPI), the Grands Ateliers, and numerous regional actors, is one of the fruits of this innovative process. The nature of the process and the quality of the architecture, built with low carbon footprint materials, have been the subject of numerous awards and publications:

  • Jury mention for "experimental learning" in the national student competition Impact organized by Karibati, presented in February 2019 at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris (student applicants).
  • Winner of the 2019 Departmental Wood Construction Prize for the "Human Resources and Territory Mention", awarded by the Department of Isère on 24 September, 2019.
  • Winner of the Trophée Béton Pro 2019, awarded on Thursday, 17 October, 2019 at the Maison de l'Architecture Île de France in Paris.
  • Winner of the national competition Le Geste d'Or for the "Geste de Bronze Architecture, Innovation Sociale et Economique 2019", awarded 23 October at the Théâtre de la Comédie Française in Paris.
  • Winner of the Trophées de l'Ingénierie Territoriale for the "Prix du projet Urbanisme, Bâtiment, Patrimoine", awarded on November 19, 2019 at the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales in Paris.
  • Finalist of the international Architizer A+ Award 2020, the results of which will be announced during the annual ceremony in New York, USA in July 2020.
  • 1/2 page article in Le Moniteur magazine, written by Julie Fontana, published in December 2018.
  • 1-page article published in Ecologik magazine, written by Serena Benassu, published in May 2019.
  • 4-page article published in the architecture magazine "d'A", written by Stéphane Berthier, published in September 2019.
Published on  April 7, 2021
Updated on April 7, 2021