Les Ti’Canailloux / Topos Architecture

© Patrick Miara

Architects: Topos Architecture
Location: Nantes, France
Client: Association “Les Ti’Canailloux”
Project Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Patrick Miara

The nursery is located in Nantes, on a woody parcel of 700 sqm, at the corner of two streets, in a residential area. The Architects opted for an original urban building, in harmony with the district. In this way, the nursery is based on a jewellery box: the high volumes seem to come unfolded from an initial central volume. It looks like a big house.

floor plan

Constructive system:

The nursery was designed in order to give, at the building’s back, a protected and quiet children’s garden with trees.

The main building material is the wood (European Larch). It is used for the frame, the vertical cladding and the roof. It entirely covers the building. The Larch was processed without chemicals, but with an innovative technology based on old times techniques: “Oléothermie”. The wood is impregnated with vegetables oils that have proprieties against fungus.

© Patrick Miara

The two gables are covered by chiselled and colored , according to a new process. With this technique, the “” soaks up the light. It accentuates the modern looking of the building.

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Cite: "Les Ti’Canailloux / Topos Architecture" 11 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=51965>
  • pi

    c’est tres, tres joli…je l’adore! veery warm and well done! even kids must like it :)

  • rarchi

    great, love the cubature and the wooden facade.

  • tDA

    i’d be interested in seeing a sectional drawing showing the roof/wall assembly and how storm water run-off is addressed.

  • http://botan.ca polarunion

    I’d also like to see a detail of the roof assembly. I have a hard time seeing all wood on the roof standing up over 10+years. It’s definitely cool but is there any information on the workarounds they came up with to address the durability and waterproofing issues of the roof?

  • Salvador Alejandro

    How public architecture should be done. Ce que l´arquitecture public dois etre. Lo que la Arquitectura publica debe ser.

  • christopher

    would be a good project for an issue of Detail…

  • wahyu

    smart thing brought….
    nice material and coloring….’
    well done!

  • http://www.brgstudio.com enrico

    A very good building, warm,with a friendly atmosphere. Nice use of a wooden facade, but it looks like they used timber just to wrap-up a traditional wall, am I wrong? I would have preferred a more architectural use f the wood, like making shades for the glazings, or canopies were kids could protect from the sun… not just a wrapping. All in all a very good project anyway, well done!