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