paul le quernec + michel grasso: nursery in sarreguemines
paul le quernec + michel grasso: nursery in sarreguemines paul le quernec + michel grasso: nursery in sarreguemines
oct 18, 2011

paul le quernec + michel grasso: nursery in sarreguemines

‘nursery in sarreguemines’ by paul le quernec and michel grasso in sarreguemines, france all images courtesy paul le quernec and michel grasso image © paul le quernec




strasbourg-based architects paul le quernec and michel grasso have shared with us images of ‘nursery in sarreguemines’,a 1350 m2 facility in north-eastern france. organic in form, the design mimics the structure of a body cell, placing the nursery at the center of the layout as the nucleus, surrounding gardens as the cytoplasm, and a circumscribing wall enclosure as  the membrane.



street view image © michel grasso




situated on a generous plot that is lined by roads, the design focuses on providing a tranquil setting by landscaping the majority of the grounds as a grassy meadow. a large outdoor play space is generated through a continuous, curvilinear wall that shapes out the boundaries of the facility. the building opens up to the yard in a series of rectangular apertures, directly integrating the exterior with the operations and atmosphere of the interior classrooms.



one of the outdoor play area next to room image © paul le quernec



entrance image © paul le quernec


catering to both the children and the parents, the design revolves around providing safety and comfort within the building. the nursery is positioned at the heart of the facility, and serves as the central starting point for the rest of the layout. radiating outwards, the collection of enclosed rooms feature curved partitions and walls to continue the language of the organic exterior form. the ceiling is read as an undulating surface that puckers in and out to open up to clerestories and roof lights. at once dramatic and playful, the result is a naturally-illuminated interior that is perceived differently from each vantage point.



interior view of reception area image © guillaume duret



individual room image © michel grasso



circulation space image © michel grasso


circular roof light image © michel grasso


classroom image © michel grasso


image © michel grasso


image © michel grasso


image © michel grasso



during construction image © paul le quernec



image © paul le quernec



roof and site plan






floor plan




  • what a trip!! respect!

    michael says:
  • Your texts are always TOO SMALL to read!
    Please use a BIGGER text in your pages.

    CK says:
  • Eeeek! I’m sure this concept sounded great in the design meeting. Am sure it looked great on mood boards. Bet it was a great model in the workshop. The virtual reality fly-through was Oscar winning I imagine.

    Did anyone stop to wonder if this was appropriate as a REAL building for, you know, REAL children? Hideous! And don’t even get me started on those outdoor spaces…

    Jules M says:
  • Jules M is a Puritan.

    Alex says:
  • Waoo !
    But definitely not.

    A big candy floss that will soon make pshhhh…

    artimon says:
  • thanks for the publishing!

    @jules m & artimon: can you tell me more please? why is it inappropriate as a “real building”? why do you think it will soon “make pshhhh”?
    I just need arguments!

    michel grasso says:
  • Nicely photographed.
    I like undulating surfaces but, this is to much puckering for me.
    My kids like the reception area slide with race track for cars.
    Too much pink – needs other colors.
    How do the girls use the urinal?

    Dan says:
  • I like the undulating surfaces on the roof and walls. I am sure this was not cheap to build. It would have been great to put as much emphasis and fun on the floor area for the children for play, retreat areas etc. It all looks a bit hard and sterile at the moment…Pink is fine, it is a calming colour, but I agree the use of other colours would be nice also. I really would like to know how the stripes on the ceiling were done, great look. But the outdoors area for play need adressing, so boring. I am sure you could use your imagination there too. All in all a great approach!

    Andrea says:
  • Thanks!
    For the bathroom: it’s not urinals, it’s conventional toilets, just a lot smaller! So no difference in using it for girls or boys!
    The stripes is made of MDF: one stripe in MDF, one stripe empty,… Just like the underside of a mushroom!
    The use of two pastel colors was a desire on our part. Indeed, we believe that the other colors will be made by the children themselves (their clothes, their designs, their toys…).

    michel grasso says:
  • great ! f***ing genius ! 😉

    anne says:
  • Congratulations to the pair of them. They’ve created a building that gives one pause for thought. The exterior makes me think of how as one of primary school size would be fun if they enabled the roof to be used for a cycle track. Love the roundness. Not a fan of pink, but in this case, the colour is muted and it provides a warm glow, which will be nice in winter. The building suggests fun and I’m sure the kids will have a ball d’-)

    @CK – you want the text larger, hit control + on your keyboard and you’ll get any size you want

    Jetwax says:
  • i hope so! thanks!

    michel grasso says:

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