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Olivier Palatre Architectes : Crèche Max Jacob

In the 13th arrondissement of Paris, the Parisian agency Olivier Palatre Architectes is delivering the restructuring and heightening of two nurseries in rue Max Jacob. The ideal place for the development of neighborhood toddlers!

The two nurseries with a mixed brick and concrete structure designed in 1973 by the architect Philippe Dubois are now united thanks to the intervention of the agency Olivier Palaitre Architectes. Set on 3 square meters of land, the complex enhances the existing structure and the surrounding landscape.

The project managers opt for a large opening in the facade aimed at making it permeable and allowing light to penetrate inside the volumes. Taking care to create a bridge between the history of the equipment and its new life, the teams rely on light interventions, simply adapting the crèche to current needs. To do this, they demolish part of the carriers, thus establishing large windows.

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"Enhancing the existing building, the purification of the structure encourages a new look at quality architecture with contemporary lines" Olivier Palatre, architect

The courtyard also enjoys special treatment, transforming this outdoor space into a place for contemporary living and games. The bands of warm colors, decorated with plant elements and recreational structures, are doomed to be exploited by the small users of the crèche. Upstairs, a second furnished courtyard also offers toddlers and the staff of the establishment a warm semi-outdoor space, thanks in particular to wooden joinery.

A discreet extension completes the project and provides ventilation and natural light in the spaces.

Project title : Max Jacob Nursery
City, Country: Paris (13e)
Owner: City of Paris / DCPA / DFPE
Mastery of work : Olivier Palatre
Area : 1 m² SDP
Cost of works: 2 750 000 € HT
Calendar : 2019 delivery

A luminous project in which children can only grow up and have fun.

To learn more, visit Olivier Palatre's website

Photographs / Illustrations: Luc Boegly

Zoe Térouinard

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