The project takes place in a small scale homogeneous district. The challenge for this complex is that it has to be seen as a clearly identifiable facility while being integrated into the characteristic small scale of the surrounding neighbourhood. This continuous double-U figure creates a remarkable entrance for the nursery school and primary school on Rue Albert Thomas on the north-west while freeing large visual openings on the south to allow maximum sunlight into the two nursery and primary school playgrounds and the classrooms. The external street elevations have a claustra screen wall facing of hollow perforated bricks creating a lively, vibrant facade.
Saint-Denis, France 2009
A coloured roof which gives reference to the lanterns of the cathedrals next to the building.
The body of the building seen from the main street shows a glazed screen façade giving the possibility for transparency in the interior gardens and under the coloured ceiling.
Bobigny, France 2012
A visually remarkable amenity in the city centre , visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.
Tallinn, Estonia 2008
The project is designed as connected fragments: blue islands that are both isolated from the façade by circulation areas and open to an inner sea. The inner void of the courtyard evokes the outline of the Tallinn shoreline and contrasts with the regular oblong form of the external volume