mikou design studio clads zero energy school in solar panels mikou design studio clads zero energy school in solar panels
dec 19, 2013

mikou design studio clads zero energy school in solar panels

mikou design studio clads zero energy school in solar panels
photo by florian kleinefenn
all images courtesy of mikou design studio




completed by french practice mikou design studio, ‘zero energy school’ is situated in a urban area of paris, surrounded by high-rise office blocks and tall residential buildings. the school is an energy efficient design, representative of the region’s desire to become more environmentally sustainable.



the entrance to the school
photo by florian kleinefenn




characterized by its unique roof structure, the building forms a strong architectural landmark for the neighborhood. the scheme’s canopies are series of photovoltaic panels, fully integrated within the structure, harvesting vast amounts of power, and offering strategic areas of shade. utilizing passive solar energy, classrooms and playgrounds are oriented south, allowing all areas of the design to be brightly lit. consequently, the school is a series of stepped tiers, maximizing sunlight at each level of the scheme. 




the building forms a strong architectural landmark for the neighborhood
photo by florian kleinefenn




special emphasis has been placed on ensuring the comfort and well-being of the building’s young occupants, with various playgrounds and gardens throughout the project offering areas of nature and recreation.




photovoltaic panels harvest vast amounts of power, and offer strategic areas of shade
photo by florian kleinefenn




photo by florian kleinefenn




internal areas of the design are clad in natural timber
photo by florian kleinefenn




ribbons of external areas punctuate the scheme
photo by florian kleinefenn




internal circulation routes
photo by florian kleinefenn



project info:


architect: mikou design studio paris
salwa mikou, cecile jalby, miguel allen valença
city of saint-ouen
program: elementary school, preschool, sports and recreation center, restaurant, administration
area: 4,820 sqm (51, 882 sqf)
completed: october 2013


structural engineer: berim
services engineer: berim    
quantity surveyor: sletec    
main contractor: urbaine des travaux / groupe fayat
photography: florian kleinefenn

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