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The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE

  • 01:00 - 30 November, 2013
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE, © Jérôme BLIN
© Jérôme BLIN

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© Jérôme BLIN

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The House of the Early Childhood, located in Mayenne, between the city Centre and the new railway station district, is a single level urban building, thought as asoft and welcoming architecture for children & parents, but also for the nurses.

© Jérôme BLIN
© Jérôme BLIN

In this way, the building is based on a domestic and hospitable universe: presence of wood outside but also inside, reception and common spaces user-friendly, roof partially built in double slope, omnipresent natural light, generous vegetation…

The garden (800 m2) is an outside room really private and there are four patios that give rhythm to the common spaces.

© Jérôme BLIN
© Jérôme BLIN

This centre welcomes from now on 90 children in 1300 m².

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This building is emblematic on environmental plan. It has received from Certivéa, the certificate of conformity to the label for High Energy Performance. Certivéa certifies that it’s in accordance with the BBC level and with the requirements of the Effinergie brand.


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Tim · December 09, 2013

Neat, well organized project. However, the exterior materials and the way they are used do not necessarily convey an early childhood learning center, based on the available photographs. The only hint on what might be the function of this facility from the exterior is the colorless graphics on the entry glazing, and the identifying sign next to the entry. Perhaps the client actually requested pristine subdued tones, with the idea to minimize excitation and chaotic behavior. Unless the prevailing theory for the design of this building type has changed, there seems to be no consideration of scale relating to the smaller inhabitants of this otherwise elegant structure, except for the storage of pupils' belongings. But then, this could be a cultural difference that I was not aware of.

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