‘bobigny school complex’ by mikou design studio, bobigny, france
all images courtesy of mikou design studio
set upon a triangular lot in urban center of bobigny outside of paris, france, the ‘bobigny school complex’ by french practice mikou design studio is now complete.
we first covered the project in 2009 after it won a competition for the project’s commission. bound by three busy roads, the building’s outer elevation addresses
the streets with two storey’s along the west and three storey’s along the northern and eastern edges. a grid of pixelated windows and timber panels create
a large-scale mosaic ranging in hue from deep red to bright orange establish a bold presence within the neighborhood. the main entrance, a leisure center,
games library and common areas are placed at the perimeter, protective these spaces as needed with the cladding. the facades bordering the pedestrian thoroughfare
descend in height, introducing a spiral effect to lighten the structure’s overall mass.
responding to the encompassing context, the strategic heights of the exterior walls offer privacy to the children playing within the central courtyard. warm sunshine enters
into the internal configuration of tiered levels comprised of classrooms which overlook the nursery school playground. planted with vegetation, the greenery cascades
via stepped terraces around the children creating a lush atmosphere within the city hardscape.
elevations viewed from the street
tiers of terraces and classrooms
aerial view of courtyard
terraces and classrooms overlooking courtyard
courtyard at night
floor plan + elevations
program: preschool, primary school, sports and recreation center, library
client: city of bobigny
surface: 5 000 m²
date: completion septembre 2012