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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.

Nursery in Buhl, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

 
April 7th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dominique Coulon & associés

The building marks the entrance to a small village nestling in a valley in Alsace. A 14th-century castle dominates the site from the nearby hillside. The day nursery echoes the orthonormal geometry of the fortified castle. A perimeter wall with openings like on a castle wall protects the children’s playgrounds. This spatial arrangement offers views of the rounded outlines of the Vosges mountains. The principle of the strictly rectangular plan is an arrangement of successive crowns containing the elements of the project. These layers give depth to the project overall. The heart of the building is formed by a central space which emerges at double the height and plays with natural light like a kaleidoscope. This almost cubic volume condenses a host of faces ranging in colour from pink to red. The matte and shiny colours resonate, shaping the space to make it richer and more subtle.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés, , David Romero-Uzeda, Olivier Nicollas
  • Project: Nursery in Buhl
  • Location: Buhl, France
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons, David Romero-Uzeda
  • Client: CC Région de Guebwiller
  • Architectes assistants: Javier Gigosos Ruipérez, Diego Bastos-Romero, Gautier Duthoit
  • Construction site supervision: David Romero-Uzeda
  • Structural Engineer: Batiserf
  • Cost Estimator: E3 économie
  • Acoustics: Euro sound project
  • Landscaping: Philippe Obliger
  • Construction companies: Earthworks, sewerage networks and road works (S.T.P. MADER), concrete stucture (MADER), water proofing roofing (SMAC), exterior joinery (MENUISERIE VOLLMER ET FILS), metalworks(MULLER-ROST), exterior isolation (SOMREN), scaffolding (LOC’ECHAF), interior wood work and furniture (HUNSINGER), plastering (SOMEGYPS), concrete screed (MADER), tiled floors (MULTISOLS), glued floors (HERTZOG), painting (SOMREN), green areas (PARCS ET JARDINS B.WITTERSHEIM), electricity (VINCENTZ), heating and ventilation (MAISON XAVIER FRUH), plombing and drainage (LABEAUNE), kitchen (M.E.A.)
  • Surface: 763m2
  • Schedule:
    • Competition: march 2013
    • Construction documents: from may 2013 to november 2013
    • Construction works: from february 2014 to june 2015
    • Completion: june 2015
  • Budget: 1 700 000 €
  • Software used: Vectorworks, cinema 4d, vrai, adobe cc suite

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

The multiple transparencies installed between the different layers give an indication of the depth of the building. There is abundant natural light throughout, captured by skylights emerging from the overall volume. The building appears in the landscape like a fragmented monolith where the play of solids and hollows is reminiscent of something like a Lego model of a castle. The building is surrounded by sixty-eight apple trees which hark back to the local agricultural landscape.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

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