CAB architectes: children's day care center in la trinite
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dec 13, 2012
CAB architectes: children's day care center in la trinite


‘children’s day care center in la trinite’ by CAB architectes, la trinite, france
image © aldo amoretti
all images courtesy of CAB architectes

 

 

the peculiar sloping site is located between two parallel roads, one in front of a cemetery and the other servicing a shopping mall, with an old villa
at the lower end of the lot. the ‘children’s day care center’ in la trinite, france by local studio CAB architectes finds its home nestled deep into the
topography and exposes the slope through the architecture, serving as a child care facility and a sculptural urban walkway connecting both extremes.
the concrete foundation is composed of a large retaining wall in the shape of an L along the backside of the site, bending to accommodate the
pathway. three perpendicularly placed inhabitable cores help delineate the interior spaces and house all the service functions as well as support two
floor planes that cantilever three meters out over the children’s playgrounds on the respective lower levels. the roof is made up of a scaled-up concrete
louver system like a large pergola over the entire program, allowing the right amount of indirect light to pass through the full-length lateral skylight and
bounce off of the triple-height back wall into the corridors. all the rooms and social areas are carefully planned between strategically-placed vertical
elements that frame specific views to the south over the town. parking is left on the same level as the rooftop plane to help lower the cost of
construction, and creates a stronger effect as visitors descend into the edifice. warmer wood flooring and fixtures contrast the hard character of
the concrete, ideal for softer spaces for kids to play and learn in.

 

 


view from the bottom of the site
image © aldo amoretti

 

 


bottom of the site with cantilevering levels for shade
image © aldo amoretti

 

 


southern elevation
image © aldo amoretti

 

 


entrance
image © serge demailly

 

 


(left) entrance from the parking area
(right) main corridor

image © serge demailly

 

 


exterior balcony facing south
image © aldo amoretti

 

 


back wall reflecting light into the spaces
image © aldo amoretti

 

 


classroom
image © serge demailly

 

 


classroom and playground
image © serge demailly

 

 


image © serge demailly

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


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