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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.

Daycare Center for Disabled Children in Cahors, France by Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

 
February 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

The center is a place of care, sharing and coordination of various activities for supporting and relieving handicapped children and their families in the Cahors area. Located on the left bank of the Lot, The “Terre Rouge” district gradually slopes towards the river. A complicated underground where clays and big limestone blocks resist to geometry.

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié 

  • Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié
  • Project: Daycare Center for Disabled Children
  • Location: Cahors, France
  • Program: Daycare activity areas – office and administrative area – interior pool – 34 parking spaces  (17 underground)
  • Client: APAJH – Lot (Association pour Adultes et Jeunes Handicapés du Lot)
  • Associated Architect: F. Martinez 
  • Assistants Architects: S. Nichele, A Tajerrashti 
  • Collaborators: J.Avignon, P.J.Artins, Y.Chereau, I.Roig, N.Arnal
  • Engineers: IES
  • Area1,390 sqm 
  • Year: 2011
  • Software used: ArchiCAD and Adobe CS5

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

The building has a linear shape, it’s oriented north to the south and composed of three levels (one is underground). The roof terrace contains a technical area. The structure is sliced vertically from the north to the south: This apparatus organizes practices according to the sun exposure and framed views. It defines structural systems, circulations and allows composing the building’s ends.

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

The north facade houses the offices, vertical circulations and the technical rooms. The south facade hosts children’s activities, including the lunchtime rituals. At the garden level, the areas dedicated to children with multiple disabilities set view to a protected terrace and an enclosed yard.

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Bay windows and thresholds are designed for all eyes and hands, the circulation areas are treated with care: lights (natural and artificial), manoeuvres areas and temporary storages are evenly distributed. The ceilings are composed to trap sounds and give rhythm into the corridors. Concrete is neatly finished, it’s beautiful, so we show it.

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

The large porch at the entrance protects the vehicles dropping off the children. On the roof we have quartered today’s technology on the north side. The rest of the roof, awaiting tomorrow’s technology is open to the valley panorama. In the basement, a patio carved in the limestone illuminates the hydrotherapy room. At noon, the sunlight can reach pool’s water.

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture Laurent Tournié

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