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.
Epée de bois Nursery in Paris, France by h2o architectes
May 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: h2o architectes
This project consists in the extension and rehabilitation of a nursery for 24 children. The nursery is located on a very tight and narrow site, almost hidden by several very different looking buildings.
The extension of the nursery is an opportunity to give new coherence to the group of buildings. It is set against an existing building at the end of the courtyard, and is given a distinct visual identity as a clear, readable volume. A light exterior perforated shell protects the glass building which houses the nursery spaces and play terraces on the first level.
This exterior shell enables light to penetrate into the building; it undulates slightly to indicate the entrances. Views from the inside are thus created, so that the children can look out from the roof terrace which has become an open playground.
The nursery is built on three levels, the children occupying the ground -floor and first floor. Technical and private spaces are relegated to the basement. This level is lit by an English courtyard offering views on linear plantations at the base of the façades. A trellis encourages climbing plants to develop high into an envelope of light canvas. The latter acts as a visual protection from the windows of the nursery.
About h2o architectes
h2o architectes is an office of creative architectural design based in Paris and lead by Charlotte Hubert, Jean-Jacques Hubert and Antoine Santiard.
h2o works on a wide scope of projects and scales including historical monuments and sites, public spaces, architecture and design.
In every project and at different scales the office intends to combine a controlled duality between a determinated possibility of uses and some situations offering possibilities for appropriation. These somewhat uncharted spaces allow for the invention of any kind of practices and customs, and therefore, for the modification of the individual’s place in a more and more controlled social space.
The office gained an international reputation through a series of cutting edge contextual innovative projects of different scales. Widely published they reveal a great formal sensitivity directly linked to usage, material, durability and habitable space.
h2o architectes is today one of the leading practices of the new generation of architects. It has been awarded by ‘’Europe 40 Under 40’’ Awards 2014, which is given to ‘’The next new talented generation of European architects’’ under the age of 40. Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies.
It has been also awarded the Najap Prize 2008 (a recognition of a selection of young European architects organised by French Ministry of Culture). The office has also been selected by the international magazine Wallpaper* for their world architects directory 2009, a selection of the best 30 emerging practices. The office has been shortlisted for the First Building Award 2012 with a 20 flats building in Paris.
The three partners, Charlotte Hubert, Jean-Jacques Hubert and Antoine Santiard currently teach Architectural Design on a part time basis Mme Hubert at National School of Architecture in Nancy, Mr. Hubert at ESAT, Superior Technical and Art School in Paris and Mr. Santiard at GSAPP, Columbia University, Paris/NY Program.
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