House of the Alpilles regional natural park

2 Boulevard Marceau


Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Francia


Bresson Schindlbeck architectes associées
48 rue Saint Suffren Marseille
33 +4 91 04 65 07


Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles
2 boulevard Marceau, 13 210 Saint Rémy de Provence
04 90 90 44 00


Contact Details

Charlotte Beneteau
Sites et cités remarquables de france
+33 9 72 49 97 06

Other Information

Laurent Filipozzi -PNR des Alpilles

Related publications
press kit
This old 18th century bastide Saint-rémoise, acquired by the Alpilles Regional Natural Park in 2007, hosts the administrative headquarters of the Regional Natural Park, it is also a place for raising awareness among the general public. La Maison du Parc consists of a renovated building, to which is added a wooden extension of contemporary style.
Energy performance
47 kWh/m2.y

Climate Zone H3

Altitude 40 s.l.m.

HDD 1622

CDD 427

Protection level Not listed

Conservation Area:

Level of Protection:
Regional Natural Park

Building age 1700-1800

Year of last renovation:

Building use Offices

Secondary use:

Building occupancy:
Permanently occupied

Building area Net floor area [m²]: 1056,0

Building typology:
Old bourgeois house from the 18th century

Number of floors:

Basement yes/no:

Number of heated floors:

Gross floor area [m²]:

NFA calculation method:
SHON (fr)

Construction type
Stone masonry wall

External finish:
Exposed stonework

Internal finish:
Plastered (on hard)

Roof type:
Pitched roof





The "Maison du Parc naturel régional des Alpilles" is made up of two entities: -The old house of La Cloutière rehabilitated and enhanced, intended to accommodate exhibition and discussion spaces on the ground floor and on the first floor, as well as offices on the second floor. -A contemporary-style extension to the west of the house which is intended to welcome the public on the ground floor and to install offices upstairs.
Urban context
Saint Rémy de Provence is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department. A tourist and wine-growing town, the city has an important built and natural heritage. La Maison du Parc is a structure located on the edge of the old town of Saint Remy de Provence within the perimeter of many historic buildings classified as Historic Monuments (less than 500 meters). The Cloutière area also testifies to the urban development of the city which has grown after the demolition of the ramparts.


The entire building has heritage value with: -Its interior devices: French floors, vaulted rooms, on the ground floor (barrel vaults or rib vaults), wooden floors on the ground floor, French wood floors on the 1st floor. -Its original coatings: stone tiles (RCH) floor tiles, cement tiles (summer lounge). -Its marble fireplaces, decorations, trumeaux above the fireplaces and doors. -Its interior stone stairs. -Its painted decorations in the staircase dating from the beginning of the century, its tapestries and decorations, the cement tiles of the summer living room, its woodwork / paneling .... Wooden doors on the ground floor and upper floors. The craft premises are remarkable, because they have preserved certain elements of their original device, such as the 5 large stone vats of 1 meter by 2.80 meters and the 2 smaller vats, of about 3.5 tonnes tank. Their original uses can only be hypothetical, in relation to the activities of the former owners. They could have been used to treat, degrease, wash, or dye wool, several of the owners trading in wool, or even for the manufacture of vegetable seeds. There are evacuation and compartmentalization devices for certain tanks, as well as the presence of a water tank under its tanks with an old impeller pump. The other hypothesis is that they were used as storage for agricultural products from the land, such as wine or oil.
Heritage Value Assesment
This building is a testament to the architecture of the end of the 18th century and of its evolution during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This batisse shows the adaptations to the uses and the search for comfort of the owners, with for example the creation of a summer lounge on the ground floor of the building.

State of repair

Conditions of the envelope
It was an old 18th century bourgeois house and its garden, resulting from a larger property of agricultural land, located outside and on the edge of the old city walls. The house is organized in a classic way with a ground floor which was devoted to services, domestic functions, kitchen, laundry room but which also consists of craft premises, linked to the activities of the previous owner. Before the renovation, the house was in poor condition, most of the rooms have been restored.

Aim of retrofit

Renovation + Extension
The Maison du Parc project was carried out within the framework of the BDM (Mediterranean Sustainable Buildings) approach "ENERGY TERTIARY BUILDING: Thermal Regulation Low Consumption Building renovation" concerning heating, cooling, ventilation, domestic hot water and lighting. The objective of this renovation was to create a new headquarters for the regional natural park within the old bourgeois house.
Was there any change of use?
This former private bourgeois house has been bought and transformed, it now houses the headquarters of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park. The domestic use of this place has become a professional use.
Was the intervention planned following a step-by-step approach?
The choice of the Cloutière site was made following a call for proposals to the 16 municipalities that make up the Alpilles Natural Park. The town of St Remy was chosen to be the host town for the Maison du Parc, with an 18th century bourgeois house called "la Cloutière". In order to set up this renovation project, several stages were followed: - Programming and diagnostic mission entrusted to CAUE 13 (Architecture and environment and urban planning consultancy) in 2009-2010 and a project management assistance mission at Celsius-Imperium. -Call for application in BOAMP of October 20, 2011 for a negotiated contract for project management –Folder Offer- Negotiation The works took place in stages from 2015 to 2016, following the BDM (Mediterranean Sustainable Building) approach. It is a project management tool developed by Envirobat-BDM.
Lessons learned
Need to change the project team; project management and external contributors. Indeed, the insulation of the new building in wheat straw compressed in wooden boxes, as insulation was not considered as a common technique for a tertiary and ERP building in R + 2, during the design of the project (despite the publication of the rules straw construction professionals in 2012). This choice also necessitated a change of control office, in order to find a “Technical Controller” who recognized the professional rules of straw construction (released 1 year earlier) and who could validate the technical details.
Stakeholders Involvement
Public sector
Syndicat Mixte de gestion du Parc Régional de Alpilles
2 boulevard Marceau 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Research Development
Ecole des Mines de Paris
60 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75272 Paris
Bresson Schindlbeck architectes associées
48 rue Saint Suffren Marseille
Tel.33 +4 91 04 65 07
Conservation Consultant
Architecte des bâtiments de France
permanence Hotel de ville Saint Remy de Provence
Energy Consultant
IGTECH Bet Fluides Thermique
Le Sirius, 355 Rue Pierre Seghers, 84000 Avignon
CAUE 13: Conseil en architecture et en environnement et urbanisme
18 Rue Neuve Sainte-Catherine, 13007 Marseille
Gaujard Technologies Bureau détudes Bois
Le Sirius, 355 Rue Pierre Seghers, 84000 Avignon
Ecibat Bet Béton
235 r Léon Foucault, 13100 AIX EN PROVENCE
Tools used
Was the renovation process done following a specific methodology? L'outil utilisé pour la rénovation est le suivant : Bâtiment Durable Méditerranéen : il s'agit d'une méthode pédagogique d’accompagnement et d’évaluation sur les aspects environnementaux, sociaux et économiques du bâtiment. Des outils de relevés topographiques, relevés architecturaux, études de conception, maquette, des simulations 3D, insertions photographiques, plans, coupes, détails, échantillons échelle (1/10 et échelle 1) en chantier, ont également étaient utilisés. .


External Walls

stone masonry

stone masonry

Masonry of stones with lime plaster, and whitewash on the elements of modenature or decorations in stones for outside. Renovation in 2015-2016.

U-value (pre-intervention) [W/m2K]: 1,874 W/m²K U-value (post-intervention) [W/m2K]: 0,25 W/m²K
More Details
Original wall build-up
1 mm
1 mm
Retrofitted wall build-up
Stone :
Insulation :
140 mm
Plaster :
13 mm


Wood joinery

Wood joinery

The windows have been replaced.

Wood joinery with 2 leaves type 19th replaced by wooden windows with 2 leaves of the brand Naudon Mathé frères

New window U-value Glass[W/m2K]: 0,0 New window U-value Frame [W/m2K]: 1,5
More Details
Existing window type Double window
Existing glazing type Single
Existing shading type Solid wooden shutters
Approximate installation year 1870
New window type Wood windows with 2 leaves, Installation in rebate
New glazing type Double
New shading type Restored solid wood shutters
New window solar factor g [-] 0,27

Other interventions




The roof has been redone.

The appearance of the original roof with its channel tiles, chimneys, zinc flashings and small stone terrace is preserved, with the recovery of some current tiles in roof tiles.

U-value (post-intervention) [W/m2K] 0,11
More Details
Original roof build-up
Other - Toiture en tuiles canal maçonnées (tuiles de courant et de couvert):
1 mm
Other - Toiture avec platelage bois type voligeage en sous face sans isolation:
-1 mm
Retrofitted roof build-up
Other - Toiture en tuiles canal :
15 mm
Other - plaques ondulées et nervurées posées sur voligeage, fixées par clouage:
15 mm

There was no specific roof insulation, 40 cm blown cellulose wadding insulation installed on the attic floor was installed with a vapor barrier.

Airtightness (pre-intervention) [ach@50Pa] 2.75 Airtightness (post-intervention) [ach@50Pa] 0.25






High-performance wood boiler room supplied with wood fuel of the “Forest platelets” type with a 40 m3 silo.

The wood boiler is outsourced to get as close as possible to the fuel delivery point on the street, and to avoid maneuvers in the garden and near the building.

More Details
New primary heating system
New system type Boiler
Fuel wood type « plaquettes Forestiaires »
Distribuition system Radiators
Nominal power 70 kW

Single flow and double flow in meeting rooms

Installation of a night ventilation system (skylight between existing building and extension) activated when the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature.

More Details
Original roof build-up New ventilation system
Type ventilation system mechanical ventilation: double and single flow
Type flow regime By Pass 100%, débit constant(CA) et Pression constante (CPs)
Heat recovery Si
Humitidy recovery Si
Nominal power 790 kW
Electric power 0,3 kW
Control system NA

Domestic hot water from the wood boiler room during heating. Otherwise 3 electric balloons distributed outside the heating period, for the toilets and the relaxation room. Water savers have been installed.

The hot water needs are limited because the premises are occupied by offices or meeting rooms, or exhibition ...

More Details
New DHW system
Type decentral boiler
Hot_water_tank Si
With heat recovery No




Chaudière bois (granulés) pour l’ensemble du projet alimentant le chauffage et l’ECS.

La chaudière bois à permis de conserver l'aspect du bâtiment.

More Details
Biomass System
Type Pellet
Storage size
Origin of biomass
Overall yearly production kWh

Energy Efficiency

Energy Performance
Energy performance certificate: The building has received certification from the BEPOS and Low Consumption Buildings Observatory (Extension section) - Eiffinergie
Voluntary certificates: No
Energy Use
Primary Energy 36 kWh/m2.y
CR Observatoire de l'énergie BBC.pdf
Consumption_estimation_Before: 42 kWh/m2.y
Consumption_estimation_After: 47 kWh/m2.y

Primary Energy
Consumption_estimation_Calculation_method: Mise en place d’une relève des compteurs d’énergie mensuelle depuis mai 2018
Consumption_estimation_Including_DHW: Si
Consumption_estimation_Before: 38 kWh/m2.y
Consumption_estimation_After: 36 kWh/m2.y
Measured Parameters
Internal Climate
Type_of_monitoring: Punctual
Description: Measures were taken punctually for 2 years by the assistant to the contracting authority in charge of the environmental question and the BDM procedure (BDM guide). Punctual surveys by users and a dedicated user. It had been asked in the program not to exceed a temperature higher than 37 degrees more than 60 h / year.

External Climate
Type_of_monitoring: Punctual

Type_of_monitoring: Punctual

Type_of_monitoring: Punctual

Internal Climate


Establishment of maintenance contracts for the boiler room, air treatment, too late for good maintenance. Was it necessary to get started and understand how the building worked, such as closing the shutters, not opening the window during hot or cold periods. Open the openings, the windows of the canopy for night ventilation and close them in the morning, after a certain hour.


Financial Aspects

Funding is shared between the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council, the Bouches-du-Rhône General Council, the State, European Fund, the Alpilles Regional Park and the municipalities.

Investment Costs
Total investment costs
2490294 (total)


Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Methodology_used: The eco-rehabilitation and eco-construction approach (extension of the existing building) helps limit the emission of greenhouse gases. Reuse of existing materials and devices on site, reuse, rehabilitation and reinforcement of existing structures (floors, coverings, frame.) Use of bio-sourced materials. (insulating materials based on vegetable fibers, insulating straw for the wooden extension ... coatings from the site or natural like Linoleum.) Use of local wood for covering the extensions: Aleppo pine to develop a local industry.
Water Management

Recovery of rainwater by a buried cistern and by the installation of a network of "water ways" pipes which allow the educational garden to be watered by gravity flow.

Transport and Mobility

En accord avec la ville de Saint Remy de Provence, une borne de recharge électrique a été mis en place par la commune en limite de la Maison du Parc, rue Frédéric Mistral. Le Syndicat mixte incite les visiteurs, usagers comme les employés à utiliser le co-voiturage.

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