Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
École Maternelle Javelot in Paris, France by Eva Samuel Architects
June 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Eva Samuel Architects
In the district of the Olympics, the reconstruction of the kindergarten takes the shape of a toy gleaming between the towers and bars nearby. She participates in the revival of an operation planning, control of the 60/70, dense, and mixed functional. In this lively neighborhood, the city undertook a project of land consolidation and redevelopment of outdoor spaces. The school, tiny among the towers, intends to play its role in this context: enhancing the image of the equipment and resist the overwhelming presence of nearby buildings and pervasiveness of the concrete.
The toy is sophisticated: it had to fill a swimming pool, a bowling move, drill floors and open windows, to enlarge the school in the thickness of the slab and give input on one level. In short extension by digging.
The building envelope serves many environmental goals: visibility protection, natural light solar light masks, no thermal bridging, and natural ventilation double flow in winter. This school is the first meeting the climate plan of the city of Paris. The result is a thick facade to various reliefs – bow window, niches, recessed windows – which turns on the roof and incorporates light shaft, the central air handling and ventilation stacks. These different colored berries raspberry slice with the covers that they dematerialize: their aluminum siding iridescent changing from pink to green through gray gold, according to the movements, in terms of which it is placed, the color of sky and reflections of nearby buildings.
Inside the school, the atmosphere is serene and gentle, no color, but rather that of the materials, like wood false ceilings and that of the bow windows. By its thickness, the facade gives the feeling of great protection and minimizes vis-à-vis with the towers. Children enjoy to appropriate micro-sites generated by the thickness of the front: small rooms, reading windows, dinettes, hiding places, etc..
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