Windows - Vannes Appartment Building with Collambages by Buckwhite

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A commercial builing with appartments overhead in Vannes, Brittany, France with a collambage facade.

Views: 501 02/01/2013

Colombage consists of wooden struts / supports typically ten centimetres thick, with gaps between them of perhaps 20 centimetres. These gaps are historically filled with some kind of thin wooden structure or thin wooden struts, joining the larger posts together, and on to which ‘torchis’ (‘cob’ in UK) is placed. This torchis essentially consists of clay, with the addition of chopped straw, cow manure or sand according to local practice.

This torchis, on the outside of the house at least, is then covered with a render of lime and sand. Sometimes the wood is also covered over with this render, sometimes it remains visible. You will be familiar with the appearance of a wall like this from old houses in both France and the UK – almost always with an appearance of age and beauty.

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  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesalmost 4 years ago

    WOW..This one is great. Nice work Mark!

  • Thank you very much my friend. Your comments are always appreciated.

    – Buckwhite

  • Cizeranne
    Cizerannealmost 4 years ago

    J’aime beaucoup de genre de constructions. Un bel exemple de colombages!

  • Merci Patrick, toute la veille partie de la ville est construite ainsi.

    – Buckwhite

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesover 3 years ago

    wow what a place , nice shot!

  • Thank you Julesrules, appreciate it.

    – Buckwhite

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 3 years ago
  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Rene.

    – Buckwhite

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...about 2 years ago

    Chosen for Content / Quality / Composition / and Ambiance.

  • Thanks Larry, appreciate the feature very much.

    – Buckwhite

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