h2o architectes_Epée de bois Nursery

architects_ H2O architectes, with ID+ (engineer).
client_ City of Paris.
built area_ 300m2
construction_ October 2013
budget_ 1.492.500€
location_ Paris, France.

from the architects_ This project consists in the extension and rehabilitation of a nursery for 24 children. The nursery is located on a very tight and narrow site, almost hidden by several very different looking buildings.

The extension of the nursery is an opportunity to give new coherence to the group of buildings. It is set against an existing building at the end of the courtyard, and is given a distinct visual identity as a clear, readable volume. A light exterior perforated shell protects the glass building which houses the nursery spaces and play terraces on the first level.

This exterior shell enables light to penetrate into the building; it undulates slightly to indicate the entrances. Views from the inside are thus created, so that the children can look out from the roof terrace which has become an open playground.

The nursery is built on three levels, the children occupying the ground -floor and first floor. Technical and private spaces are relegated to the basement. This level is lit by an English courtyard offering views on linear plantations at the base of the façades. A trellis encourages climbing plants to develop high into an envelope of light canvas. The latter acts as a visual protection from the windows of the nursery.