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New Nursery Project by ecdm: Modern Design in Paris

This project by ecdm takes place in a heterogeneous district made of buildings of different sizes, styles and periods. It’s an environment that is slightly old-fashioned and disintegrated, typical of the heterogeneous architecture which characterizes the Parisian peri-urban zones.

According to the firm, ecdm, it is modernity that has came and completed this disorder.

Adjacent to the site, an out of size construction, built in derogation of the property limits (adding a supplementary urban intention parameter), forbids any common denominator, any possibility of creating a homogeneous composition. The day-nursery is thus an attempt, for a tiny building of public utility, to exist in an unfavorable relationship in the shade of a twelve story construction which takes light, overhangs and crushes everything.

The program of the day-nursery introduces a small size, a small scale. If the volume comes from the requirements of the project concerning surfaces and scale, the writing of the building results from its specificity. The day-nursery is a horizontal. Protective and introverted, it occupies the ground, interacts with the outside spaces. Developed on two levels, it is organized to get the maximum of light and sunshine, and to by-pass the shade of the giant nearby building.

The project mixes the outside and internal spaces, organizes around a walk the 2 levels in a buckle of small paths and terraces, altering green and mineral areas. From the requirements of the program, it results a monolithic and protective facade. The building is in prefabricated concrete, long-lasting and resistant to the torments of the urban life. The surrounding wall is drilled by translucent and colored windows. These windows have various heights, for a place thought as much for the children than for the adults, the parents or the staff.


Project: Construction of a collective of 66 nursery bassinets and a staff housing
Client: City of Paris
Engineer: architects ECDM
BET facade: C & E engineering
Shell and front raises Ductal ®: Cotracoop (agent of the consortium)
Precast facade Ductal ®: Bonna Sabla and Il Cantiere
Facade charred wood: Lafranque
Location: 15 Rue Pierre Budin, XVIII PARIS
Area: 875 sq.m. / 1,937 m² gross floor area
Cost: 3.1 M €
Completion: 2012

Renderings: Luke Boegly, Benedict Fougeirol

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