This new nursery school was built within listed historical walls that once enclosed the gardens of a 18th-century monastery.
The architects designed a low-rise building with a roof articulated into a number of planes. In this way, we were able to keep the eaves line below the crest of the wall, as required by the authorities, while achieving a greater room height elsewhere. The internal ceiling echoes the form of the roof. The sloping surfaces produce an acoustic advantage and their complex geometry helps the children to identify the individual rooms. The large central hall, which gives access to the entire building, lends a transparent quality to the nursery.
All the group rooms receive natural light from two sides, thanks to two courtyard areas, one of which is occupied by a pool of water. We made an internal patio, a kind of energy sensor. We have created a “canadian well” which will allow to save on the consumption of heating (heat consumption = 42kWh/m2/year). This blowing system allow us to refresh spaces during the heat peaks. Its big plate glass windows on the south will be used to redistribute heat in the space of the hall. The roof is made of wood (70 %) and steel. All the floor is in coloured concrete, there are 4 different colours.