Primary School & Sport Hall / Chartier-Dalix architects

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-based Chartier-Dalix architects shared with us their winning proposal for a competition to design a primary school and sport hall in Boulogne Billancourt, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris. More images and architect’s description after the break.

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At the heart of the large ongoing urban renovation of the area including the now well-known Ile Seguin, where Renault used to have their main factories, Chartier Dalix Architectes just won the competition for an innovative type of school. It will be mixed with a public gymnasium and both will be covered with a “living” shell, hosting a wide range of local fauna and flora, from bugs to owls through different species of trees and plants. The matter being to simulate a self-contained ecosystem, a landscape and a view for the surrounding buildings, a rich field of explorations and discoveries for children. In this complex context we opted for a plain architecture, connecting volumes and fonctions into a fluid shape. This artificial topography generates hollows and bumps, paths and sheltered areas, with no rupture or arrangement.

The school is an extruded bit of territory, a both human promoted and self growing canopy landscape. Following this logic, class rooms softly curl up arround playgrounds and vegetated areas, increasing contacts and views.

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Architects: Chartier-Dalix architects
Location: ZAC Rives de Seine, Lot A4 Est, Boulogne Billancourt [92]
Client: SAEM Val de Seine Aménagement
Budget: 12.5M€ HT
Project area: 6,590 sqm
Project Team: Franck Boutté (HEQ consultant), E.V.P. (structure),CFERM (fluids), Fabrice Bougon (économist.), Atelier d’Ecologie Urbaine (ecologist)
Project Year: 2011-2013
Images: Courtesy of Chartier-Dalix architects

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Primary School & Sport Hall / Chartier-Dalix architects" 06 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Worstersen
    • rodrigobocater

      exactly what i thought.

      but it still a very goodproject!

  • mvb

    Is it a bird species zoo? Looking at the drawings I am a bit confused…

  • ARCILOOK Future Architecture

    Looks nice and… dangerous. We can see those kids falling off that unprotected edges.

  • Marie Turtle

    It is a migratory bird sanctuary + a school.
    This project and the ECDM’s one were made at the same time for the same competition, but this is the WINNER :)