The Véronique Joffre Architecture agency was commissioned by the Toulouse City Hall (31) to build a new educational and social complex comprising a school group and an early childhood center. Inspired by the writings of the philosopher Thierry Paquot, the architects celebrate color in all its forms in this architectural project dedicated to children.

Located in the new eco-neighborhood of the concerted development area of ​​the Cartoucherie, the building includes a kindergarten, an elementary school and an early childhood center. Taking into account the users and the challenges of such a public infrastructure, Véronique Joffre dares to use a varied palette and imagine a playful architecture intended for children.

The architect draws a horizontal volume in R + 1 of 6 square meters dressed in a polychrome and heterogeneous envelope in contrast with the large neighboring buildings. The building alternates empty and full thanks to a set of curtain walls - in the halls of the pole, of the school group and the library - and of carpentry-shaped sets - in the elementary school rooms. The openings allow young users to enjoy views of the urban landscape, when aluminum joinery reduces noise pollution. Classrooms and workshops are thus presented as peaceful spaces.

Here, the choice of color is not trivial. The polychrome surfaces, outside and inside, evoke play and are thus presented as a means of arousing the imagination and the curiosity of children. The purpose of the establishment is indeed to welcome young and old in places adapted to their sensitivity.

Project title : School group and early childhood center
Location: Toulouse (31)
Owner: Toulouse town hall
Mastery of work : Veronique Joffre Architecture
Surface area: NC
Cost of works: NC
Calendar : 2019 delivery

To learn more, visit Véronique Joffre Architecture's website

Photographs: DR

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