French architects Emmanuel Combarel and Dominique Marrec Architects (ECDM) completed a sanctuary for children within this beautifully constructed building located in the busy city of Paris. The designers address the social needs of the users of a day care especially as well as the constraints of the small site being shadowed by a much taller adjacent building.
Interior and exterior access for the users are carefully thought out within the site through a series of paths and terraces so children can get to and play safely with convenient supervision. The outdoor space is oriented to get the most amount of sunlight while it inhabits a site with much taller buildings nearby. Windows of varying heights provide views from the clean, minimal interiors. The undulating exterior pre-fabricated concrete curtain wall, being the most interesting feature of the building, evokes a protective layer in the program, both for the children and the architecture itself against the weather and elements of urban life.
What I respect most about this project is the relationship the architects have given it with regards to the other buildings. The windows are of similar sizes, the panels are in proportion to the facades of its neighbors and the 2-storied program keeps its low profile uniform to those on the same block. The shadows produced by the wavy facade creates a subtle presence of its volume, making the style of minimalism outstanding.