‘school complex in chartres’ by edouard francois. chartres, france
all images courtesy of edouard francois
schools are a key element to any neighborhood, often times being the deciding factor in a new potential citizen’s decision to become part of the community. the ‘school complex in chartres’ by maison edouard francois pinpoints this circumstance and creates the ideal educational facility. the program and form is divided into three distinct and architectonically different sections surrounded by peripheral gabion and green walls that change color and identity throughout the year.
exterior gabion wall
the nursery is enlivened with bright colors and simplified shapes; the doorways are voids in the shapeof simple geometries, like the infants’ toy. the pre-school children learn within an environment replete with many different materials, concrete, plywood panels, and natural tree trunks used in various forms. the oldest elementary kids in turn inhabit an industrial zone categorized by its harder steel members, colorful glazing, pipes, mechanical systems and cartoon references.
circular windows peek through at different heights for different aged observers
each section also has its own courtyard like a unique landscape that contains a central structure housing the bathrooms and storage space which represents itself in different ways according to the age group. in the nursery it manifests itself as a giant boulder surrounded by colorful floor sections and a small garden of various plants. the preschool enjoys a wooden chalet like a log cabin, and the elementary school keeps the industrial nature with a miniature factory.
view of the courtyard from the roof
main entrance into complex
view to the nursery courtyard
boulder / bathrooms
simple geometries reveal themselves in the doorways
classroom with colorful beams and floor
entry to preschool
classroom looking out onto the courtyard
preschool courtyard chalet / bathrooms
industrial coat hangers in the elementary area
elementary school courtyard factory / bathrooms