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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Giraffe Childcare Center in Boulogne-Billancourt, France by Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

 
February 20th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

The Giraffe childcare center is located in the C1 block of the Seguin Rives de Seine district in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburban area of Paris. The program houses a 60 bed childcare center and 20 bed day nursery. The building has been awarded the green “zéro Energie Effinergie” label. This  public building is located next to Jean Nouvel’s “Horizons” tower, at the junction between the “Vieux pont de Sèvres” neighbourhood, built in the 70’s, and the new area called “ le Trapèze”.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault 

  • Architects: Hondelatte Laporte Architectes
  • Project: Giraffe Childcare Center
  • Location: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Photography: Philippe Ruault
  • Project manager: Virginie Davo
  • Project team: Charlotte Fagart (architect)
  • Engineering: Studetech
  • HEQ Engineering: GCB Gestion Conseil Bâtiment
  • Client: SAEM Val de Seine Aménagement
  • Program: 60 bed childcare center and 20 bed day nursery
  • Competition: january 2009
  • Delivery: 2012
  • Area: 1450 Sqm
  • Cost: 3 744 000€ HT
  • Construction companies: SPIE SCGPM (general contractor), AAB (animals sculpture)

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

The High density of this area gives it a rugged skyline. To be integrated into this particular urban landscape, the building is composed of three tiers. Each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces and is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture. Viewed from the surrounding towers, the regular sequence of terraces offers a real « fifth facade » to the neighbourhood.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the wild animal sculptures. The idea is to animate the urban landscape by using a child’s imagination. The wild animals appropriate the space; a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park, a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the façade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right, a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion. The giraffe has become a banner for the nursery since it is visible in the surrounding area from all angles.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

We walk through its legs to enter the building. Through their affable form, the lively animal sculptures invite us to live our dreams. These playful and dreamlike sculptures introduce a little bit of fantasy into the routine life of the town in order to inspire our lives with a bit of poetry.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

Image Courtesy Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

Image Courtesy Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

Image Courtesy Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

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