Children’s Recreation Centre / AIR Architecture

© David Boureau
© David Boureau

Architects:  AIR / Cyrille Hanappe & Olivier Leclercq
Location: Pierrelaye, 95,
Architects in Charge: Estelle Nicod, William Loupias
Client: City of Pierrelaye
Site area: 5,250 sqm
Constructed area: 1,521 sqm
Budget: € 2,631,000
Project year: 2008
Photographs: David Boureau

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The children’s recreation centre is located in a small rural town in the midst of agricultural warehouses. The plan takes into account the particular layout of the site: the building can be accessed only through a narrow path that stretches into it.

idea diagram
idea diagram
site plan
site plan

The main structure follows and reinforces this urban pattern, thereby becoming an articulation, a filter between the town and the domain reserved for chidren. Seen from the street, the edifice blends in with other buildings thanks to a single volume enterely covered with mechanical tiles. On the other side, small coloured houses of varying shapes open onto the garden designed for the children.

© David Boureau
© David Boureau
Cite: "Children’s Recreation Centre / AIR Architecture" 11 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • kc

    Why don’t we build this for adults too..the world will be better :)

    • Suzuka

      That will be cool!

  • JP

    Sweet architecture! I liked it!

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  • Nathan

    This has a few interesting aspects but the lack of any reasonable landscape treatment makes it a bit brutal outdoors.

  • adf

    I Just love the idea, the concerns it has generated has solutions but that wont stop me fron liking it!!

  • dearxh

    lol! Nice buildings!

  • metcalf

    ideas and planning interesting, result = yuck

  • ZT

    Good idea ! simple and beautiful ! excellent work

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