CAB architectes: children's day care center in la trinite
CAB architectes: children's day care center in la trinite CAB architectes: children's day care center in la trinite
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, franceimage © aldo amorettiall 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 villaat 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 thetopography 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 concretelouver 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 verticalelements 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 ofthe concrete, ideal for softer spaces for kids to play and learn in.



view from the bottom of the siteimage © aldo amoretti



bottom of the site with cantilevering levels for shadeimage © aldo amoretti



southern elevationimage © aldo amoretti



entranceimage © serge demailly



(left) entrance from the parking area(right) main corridorimage © serge demailly



exterior balcony facing southimage © aldo amoretti



back wall reflecting light into the spacesimage © aldo amoretti



classroomimage © serge demailly



classroom and playgroundimage © serge demailly



image © serge demailly



site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1












section perspective



section perspective



section perspective

  • I really don’t think that the architecture speak about daycare. The first impression that I had it was a museum…..!

    Double D says:
  • This doesnt look very fun in a child’s eyes.. need more color and could be more interactive as well.

    RZRBLAZ says:
  • I personnaly really like the complexity of perception… It doesn’t look like daycare at first but there’a lot of details that makes you understand that this is for children…
    Great to see a daycare that is not colorful as usual and great!

    NPA says:
  • It is a low key attractive and inviting complex.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • I was sure that this would speak silliness that absence color and fun! I think the space very interactive and complex … kids always were created in fun and colorful environments and not really have become adults more interactive and complex for is a good work

    jota says:
  • Is there one thing in this building that is CHILD SIZED?

    Lightmaker says:
  • This is why designboom is so good. I would never have seen this. Beautiful work.
    Sack Steven Holl at Glasgow School of Art building and bring these guys in.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • plant some trees and get in some playground equipment and it will settle in fine.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Daycare? Substitute the word Prison perhaps….

    sirhc says:

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