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SOA: les coccinelles nursery school
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feb 13, 2013
SOA: les coccinelles nursery school


‘les coccinelles nursery school’ by SOA, saint gratien, france

image © clément guillaume

all images courtesy of SOA

 

drawing from the french for ‘ladybug’, ‘les coccinelles nursery school’ by parisian firm SOA is a materially sophisticated, high functioning building
sited in a quaint green space. situated in a residential northern parisian suburb, the volume of the nursery school appropriates the locally prevalent
pitched roof and star-shaped plan. the program called for an environmentally conscious space that could accommodate 45 young children separated
by three stages of development. the gestalt of the building lies in the double-height entrance hall which fractures out into the three functional areas
of the school; the ground floor is for the eldest and mid-level children, while the youngest are relegated to the first floor. although the entrance hall
affords uninhibited views, the glazed southern facade opens into a double height sun room, creating a all-weather covered play area. energetic spaces
are counterbalanced by sleeping rooms in the northern section of the school. the building systems are composed sensitively, with linear wooden slats that
filter direct sun during the summer months. double wooden skin also gives way to rhythmic apertures that also puncture through the prefabricated
metal walls. in lieu of light frame inner construction, the material logic is playfully reversed, with chestnut cladding serving to express stainless steel exterior walls.
this inversion architecturally unifies the roof and facade while keeping with the child-like lightness that the program demands. 

 

 

the double height entrance hall organizes the rest of the program

image © clément guillaume

 

 

chestnut grates encase a stainless steel building envelope

image © clément guillaume

 

 

the ‘ladybug’ nursery school is materially compelling, but has a relatable scale

image © clément guillaume

 

 

verticality remains a constant aesthetic theme across materials

image © clément guillaume

 

 

a double height corridor along the southern facade creates an all-weather covered play area

image © clément guillaume

 

 

image © clément guillaume

 

 

site plan

 

 

floor plan level 0


 

floor plan level 1

 

 

detail of cladding assembly

 

project info:

location: rue d’argenteuil, saint-gratien
client: city of saint-gratien
team: SOA (architect), gruet (engineering), orféa (acoustics), 
atelier jours (landscape design)
built area: 691 m² 

environmental performances: BBC, RT 2005
use: education

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