The town of Livry-Gargan, located in the north of Paris, decided to expand the Jaurès primary school in response to the increasing number of pupils. The site is situated between the two main buildings of the school and at the edge of the plot.
The project was conceived as an “open edge”, with a garden created along the length of the boundary. The project's extension reveals a simple line along which the garden runs alongside the classrooms and the covered playground. This line clearly appears as a contemporary response to the existing building.
The pupils enter the classrooms through a corridor of opaque glass and discover a beautiful garden view once inside. The “sango kaku” trees displayed in the center of the triptych windows are part of a learning space that is open to the external landscape.
Larch wood is present both outside and inside the classrooms. The warmth, natural look, and texture of this wood contribute to a feeling of comfort and well-being to the children. At the border of the property, the concrete wall brings the tree “into” the classrooms and allows the mind to wander toward the sky.
Advantages: A low environmental impact mainly due to wood coupled with low energy consumption, an architectural quality benefiting from natural inputs, lead times reduced through reliable prefabrication.