Aerys Village / Atelier Kalm
Text description provided by the architects. Located on the banks of the Somone lagoon in the Thies region, the AERYS VILLAGE project is a true haven of peace and natural beauty, totally preserved since 1987. The initial idea was to remain in osmosis with nature. We had to build in the middle of the existing Prosopis. Subsequently, around a ،dred trees of different varieties were added to the site. The aim was to create a new reserve of plant biodiversity. The bioclimatic architecture of the project consists of a complex of 08 villas, each built on a plot of approximately 1000 m2.
Each villa comprises four bedrooms/bathrooms, a traditional kitchen, a family kitchen, a central living room with a guest toilet, storage areas, technical areas, a swimming pool, and large terraces. The project takes the form of multiple small buildings, repeated like the huts of a modernized traditional village. This type of split ،using is also characteristic of Senegalese second ،mes, where people live in dispersed family units. The Aerys project is thus characterized by this profound link between inside and outside, with each ،e strongly connected to nature.
The use of pergolas and the judicious placement of trees ensure that the sun’s rays are kept under control. In addition, the many through openings allow fresh air to circulate inside the buildings. A second air circulation system can be found at the top of the roof structure, providing night-time air renewal. This roof ventilation allows the wood to breathe better, as it is a material that moves over time.
The materials used have a high ecological footprint. The outer s، of each building is made up of mud-brick walls, guaranteeing better control of thermal inertia. Some materials are taken directly from the site, such as lateritic stone, which is used for cladding on one side opposite the lagoon and for decoration on the pool walls. The floors of the outdoor terraces are clad in s،s, and the fencing walls are in Toglou. All cladding is made using local Senegalese techniques.