Kindergarden in Marmoutier

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture
The best 21st-century architecture from all over the world.

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450 x 310 mm, 17 5/8 x 12 1/8 in
800 pp
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ISBN-13: 9780714848747
ISBN-10: 0714848743

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Article sur l’école maternelle de Marmoutier

Situated in a village near the German border in northeast France, the project serves as the community’s primary school and replaces a prefabricated structure that had become expensive to heat in the winters. The project’s square plan is conceived around a large central hall, accessed from a rectangular outdoor entry area cut into the perimeter of the building and sheltered by its roof. Within, a glass-enclosed courtyard and an enclosed reflecting pool adjacent to the central hall open skywards and provide illumination. Classrooms, a library and an activity area distributed around the central spaces look out onto the landscape. This centrally organized design eliminates the need for corridors and allows views across the building’s open interior spaces. Classrooms on the north façade are intimate in scale while an activity room on the south is larger volume, with a ceiling that slopes upwards towards the centre of the building. From the exterior, the 40 m (131 ft) long façade forms a horizontal band while sloping sections of the roof create a landscape of folded planes. The use of copper for both the façade and the roof surface unifies the elevation. Oak frames the windows and sliding doors. Concrete floors are treated with pigment; four zones of colour continue along the walls and ceiling defining angled lines which contrast with the sloping planes of the ceiling. Concrete structural walls support wood and steel framing members holding up the roof. A tower projecting from one of the interior courtyards dominates the building. The tower works with pipes buried underground to provide passive geothermal heating and cooling.