l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school

L’atelier Senzu designs rammed earth Pavilion in paris

 

The Le Vau Educational Pavilion, designed by L’atelier Senzu, is an eco-conscious addition to a school complex situated in Paris‘ 20th arrondissement. The project aims to tackle three main objectives: integrating functionality with educational value, strengthening connections between the school and its neighborhood, and promoting eco-friendly construction methods. To achieve these goals, the team focused on using primarily wood and rammed earth in construction, highlighting the pavilion’s structural strength, insulation qualities, and aesthetics. This deliberate choice of geosourced, biosourced, and decarbonized materials marks Paris’ first load-bearing rammed earth building. Positioned strategically to link the street and the school, the pavilion creates an inviting space for students and parents alike. Inspired by carousels or cabins, its round shape deviates from the traditional rectangular structures commonly found in educational settings. This circular design fosters diverse, collaborative arrangements, promoting inclusivity and unity.

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school
all images ©Stijn Bollaert, unless stated otherwise

 

 

an Educational Pavilion at Le Vau School

 

This initiative resulted from collaborative efforts, including the OASIS program and the participatory budget of the City of Paris, along with insights gathered from the Le Vau school’s dedicated teaching team, and spearheaded by design studio L’atelier Senzu (see more here). Recognizing the challenge of engaging parents with the school, the team noticed hesitancy and distrust towards educational institutions. In response, they conceived the pavilion as a space to reshape perceptions and foster a welcoming atmosphere. The OASIS program, focused on greening schoolyards to combat urban heat, played a crucial role. The Le Vau school experienced transformations in previously empty spaces, which became lively areas with vegetable gardens, orchards, and picnic spots. Its innovative use of earth and wood stands as an example for educators and contributes to sustainable building practices for the future.

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school
the Le Vau Educational Pavilion is mainly crafted from wood and rammed earth

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school
it’s recognized as Paris’ first load-bearing rammed earth building, utilizing locally sourced and eco-conscious materials

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school
a distinctive round-shaped roof tops the pavilion

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school

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the facade of the pavilion moves away from the conventional hierarchy of primary and secondary facades

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school

l'atelier senzu builds carousel-inspired rammed earth pavilion for parisian school
the circular shape symbolizes unity and inclusivity

 

 

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a comforting space for children and parents, an inspiration for educators, and a concrete step towards achieving long-term climate objectives
a comforting space for children and parents, an inspiration for educators, and a concrete step towards achieving long-term climate objectives
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project info:

 

name: Le Vau Educational Pavilion 

architects: L’atelier Senzu@lateliersenzu

location: Paris

photography: Stijn Bollaert | @stijn_bollaert

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