ecdm: nursery and housing project on rue pierre budin ecdm: nursery and housing project on rue pierre budin
jan 11, 2013

ecdm: nursery and housing project on rue pierre budin

‘nursery and housing project on rue pierre budin’ by ecdm, paris, franceimage ©  luc boegly, benoît fougeirolall images courtesy of ecdm




paris is rife with peripheral urban areas that contain a mix of styles, typologies, time periods and varying levels of decay, which add a rather tough parameter when approaching a new design. situated at the foot of a 13-storey overbearing building, the ‘nursery and housing project’ processes its heterogeneous site and translates the various elements into the stark white resultant structure. designed by french practice ecdm, the project contains two levels and collects as much sunshine as possible to illuminate the interior spaces that are inhabited by children and adults alike. the most striking element is the seen before even entering the building, a precast concrete facade that protects the interior from the rough urban life. like organically undulating points on a regular steel grid, the outer skin creates a completely unique look for the area, distorting and playing with light and shadow. the northern facade is dotted with windows oriented in different angles so as to accommodate the viewing pleasure of the children as well. the nursery is located on the first two levels with a spatially separated residence clad in burned wood panels residing on the rooftop garden. a round open atrium in the center of the delivers light to all corners of the construct and many of the architectural elements are scaled down to a child’s size to cater to their specific world.



facade distorts shadowsimages © luc boegly



contextimages © luc boegly



black charred wood residential unit atop the building(left) image © luc boegly(right) image © benoît fougeirol



(left) how the structure meets the public sidewalkimage © luc boegly(right) facade profileimage © benoît fougeirol



distorted shadows on the undulating facadeimage © luc boegly



street elevation with various windowsimage © benoît fougeirol



(left) corridorimage © ecdm(right) bathing and changing areasimage © luc boegly



interiorimage © benoît fougeirol



corridor along the coutyardimage © benoît fougeirol



courtyardimage © benoît fougeirol



courtyardimage © benoît fougeirol



rooftop terrace and courtyardimage © benoît fougeirol



renderimage © ecdm



site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2












precast concrete panel construction detail



facade texture modelimage © ecdm



project info:



program: daycare with 66 cradles and staff services, and residential functionclient: city of parisarchitects: ecdm architectsbet frontage: c & e engineeringshell and front raises ductal®: cotracoop (representative of the group of companies)precast façade ductal®: bonna sabla and il cantiereburnt wood facade: lafranquelocation: 15 rue pierre budin, paris xviiiarea: 875 m2gross floor area: 1,937 m2cost: 3.1 million €delivery: 2012

  • looks like Corb trying to do Gaudi, washed down with a heavy dose of disinfectant

    dbkii says:
  • Looks like ecdm doing ecdm. One can always find references to anything. Like to see roof and construction images some day.

    mArkW says:
  • Trippy! Love that it’s deconstructionist but not intrusive!

    LincolnHo says:

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