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Epée de Bois-Nursery, Paris, France

Wednesday 09 Jul 2014

A bright future

All photographs: Julien Attard www.julienattard.com 
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€1.5m Parisian nursery opens at modestly-sized site, courtesy of h20 architectes 

This project, designed by h20 architectes, consists of 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 onto 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.


Client: City of Paris
Lead Architect: h2o architectes
Engineer: ID+

Key Facts

Client City of Paris
Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
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