TerraFibra architectures

"TerraFibra architectures" unveils the 40 finalist buildings of the first world prize for contemporary architecture in raw earth and plant fibers. The exhibition and the accompanying book present these international projects and explain, through a thematic tour, the qualities and advantages of these materials and the techniques, both ancient and innovative, that implement them.
Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need to adapt building systems, the use of biobased and geobased materials offers virtuous technical solutions. Some have been proven for centuries, others are being invented today. Combining earth and plant fibers enhances the mix of materials and reaffirms the importance of constructive intelligence, which aims to use the right amount of the right material in the right place. To underline this complementarity of materials is also to avoid the pitfall of a sector centered on a single technical solution, a model that is definitely without a future and particularly polluting.
The exhibition is organized for fibers according to the plant used (hemp, straw, reed, bamboo) and for raw earth according to the techniques (pisé, poured earth, adobe, compressed earth block, cob and plaster). Photographs and technical drawings allow visitors to admire the creativity of the architectures presented.
The TERRAFIBRA Award 2021 is the first world prize for contemporary architecture in raw earth and plant fibers. It combines the TERRA Award 2016, world prize for raw earth architecture, initiated by Dominique Gauzin-Müller and supported by amàco and CRAterre, and the FIBRA Award 2019, world prize for plant fiber architecture organized by amàco. More than 300 teams from 62 countries responded to this call for entries, which is in line with the dynamics of the previous ones, creating a network of professionals who exchange and support each other.
In the aftermath of COP26, the "TerraFibra architectures" event confirms that virtuous practices exist throughout the world in a wide variety of contexts. Enthusiastic, passionate and generous, the actors of these projects make the use of biosourced and geosourced materials credible, and highlight the economic, social and ecological aspects of their projects and their commitment. They demonstrate that it is possible to build differently, relying on local resources and know-how without giving up innovation. Anchored in their territory, these frugal and creative architectures open new horizons for construction and renovation.
Exhibition co-produced by the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, amàco and Les Grands Ateliers, in the framework of the TerraFibra Award. Guest scientific curators: Dominique Gauzin-Mu¨ller, architect-researcher, Anne Lambert, engineer, designer, amàco
Photograph : School and teachers' residence, Fass, Kaolack, Senegal. Toshiko Mori Architect, photo © Iwan Baan
Practical information:
Le Pavillon, Caen peninsula, 10 quai François Mitterrand

Open to all, free admission from Wednesday to Sunday, 1pm-7pm.


From Wednesday 07 September to Sunday 15 January
Monday Open from 13h to 19h
Tuesday Open from 13h to 19h
Wednesday Open from 13h to 19h
Thursday Open from 13h to 19h
Friday Open from 13h to 19h
Saturday Open from 13h to 19h
Sunday Open from 13h to 19h