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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.

EXPANSION OF NIJVEL’S MUNICIPAL CRÈCHE by BURO II & ARCHI+I

 
January 24th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

This project consists of expanding the ‘Children of the World’ crèche at Nij vel. The building is located in a park setting of rural signifi cance, the Dodaine park. Two wings with 18 places (sized for an increase to 25 children) will be added to the crèche plus various administrative rooms for staff and services.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: EXPANSION OF NIJVEL’S MUNICIPAL CRÈCHE
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Client: Municipality of Nijvel
  • Team: Arch. Christian Troosters [project director], Arch. Nadia Herrandou [design architect], Arch. Jacques De Dixmude [project architect]

Status

  • Specified execution term: start 01/04/2011 – end 01/09/2012 + 30 calendar days:
  • Time of execution: 500 calendar days
  • Receptiondate: 2013

Surfaces

  • Land use of the building: 880 m²
  • Gross floor area: 880 m²

Energy Performance [EPB]: Niveau K: K13 / Building passive

FINANCIAL DATA

  • Originally estimated budget: € 1.200.000
  • Contracted budget: € 1.268.018
  • Final budget: € 1.394.000

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Besides this restrictions imposed by the site, this project presented the challenge of designing an energy-effi cient building. Close cooperation and communication between the architect, sustainability consultant and municipal offi cials resulted in a decision to design the project according to a passive standard. The existing buildings are going to be renovated in the same spirit to make them energy-effi cient.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Architecture

The architecture is completely in keeping with the building’s function (the playful world of children). It was logical to use wood for the structure and for the facades because of its warm look and feel and its technical properties.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Engineering

Along the ‘Wereldlaan’ the world of a child is immediately apparent through the size and positioning of the facade openings and the different colours in the interior of the building. The south facade is very open and leads on to a large patio with a view of the park so as to benefi t optimally from the improved sunning. The northeast and northwest facades are more closed in order to limit heat losses. The interaction of the roof slopes creates possibilities for natural ventilation and cooling.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © BURO II & ARCHI+I

Image Courtesy © BURO II & ARCHI+I

Image Courtesy © BURO II & ARCHI+I

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