Nursery for 24 children is a building extension and rehabilitation for this new program. It is located in the center of Paris, in a small and narrow yard, surrounded by several different type of buildings. h2o architects designing team, gives a turno of 360 degree to this urban interstice.
The project starts as an opportunity to give coherence to its unequal environment. A niche surrounded by architectural incoherence, that needs a new building to heal little by little the other constructions of the block. That is why Nursery for 24 children must be visually distinguished, in order to be able to change its landscape.
A clear volume, which stands out against the gray and red facades that surround it. A light envelope like a perforated shell protects the large windows that house the nursery located on the first level. This shell allows light to enter, sifted to all interior spaces, letting the children to look out, and leaving aside the feeling of closure.
Nursery for 24 children works as a design seed, which grows from the inside to revitalize its urban landscape.
This three storey nursery building, where children are located on the main and first floor. The basement is used for technical area and private romos. Even so, this space is illuminated with an English patio that allows to have a look towards the outside.
On the other hand, its undulating morphology, gives a playful touch to the building, which allows children to associate their school with a place of fun and fantasy. A friendly place from their point of view, but in a subtle aesthetically delicate way.
There is also a light canvas for climbing plants that gradually cover the windows, maintaining the privacy of children.
Nursery for 24 children, is a project that gathers several and diverse qualities. In addition to revitalizing a gray environment, to provide a pleasant space for its small users it is also a building of high energy performance. A project that shows that it is not necessary to build gigant and imposing constructions to change the way of doing contemporary architecture.
Photos by Julien Attard.