Crèche Rue Pierre Budin
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French architects ECDM have completed a nursery in Paris with rippling concrete walls (+ slideshow).

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

The billowing curves of the facade were created using a series of prefabricated panels, which wrap around three sides of the Crèche Rue Pierre Budin but are only interrupted by windows on one elevation.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

A central courtyard is located at the heart of the two-storey building, surrounded by nursery rooms that accommodate up to 66 children.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

A tree-like metal umbrella shades this courtyard and can be seen hovering above the rooftop from the street.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

Other projects we've featured by ECDM include a spotty bus station and a residence for students and women in distress.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

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Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

Above: photograph is by ECDM

Photography is by Luc Boegly, apart from where otherwise stated.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

The text below is from ECDM:


Day Nursery in Paris

The project takes place into a heterogeneous district made of buildings of any sizes, of any styles, any periods. It’s an environment slightly old-fashioned, hybrid and disintegrated, typical of the heterogeneous architecture which characterizes the Parisian peri-urban zones.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

Above: photograph is by ECDM

Modernity came to complete this disorder : Adjacent to the site, an out of size construction, built in derogation of the property limits (adding a supplementary urban intention parameter), forbids any common denominator, any possibility of creating a homogeneous composition.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

Above: photograph is by Benoît Fougeirol

The day-nursery is thus an attempt, for a tiny building of public utility, to exist in an unfavorable relationship in the shade of a twelve story construction which takes light, overhangs and crushes everything.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

The program of the day-nursery introduces a small size, a small scale. If the volume comes from the requirements of the project concerning surfaces and scale, the writing of the building results from its specificity. The day-nursery is a horizontal. Protective and introverted, it occupies the ground, interacts with the outside spaces. Developed on two levels, it is organized to get the maximum of light and sunshine, and to by-pass the shade of the giant nearby building.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

The project mixes the outside and internal spaces, organizes around a walk the 2 levels in a buckle of small paths and terraces, altering green and mineral areas. From the requirements of the program, it results a monolithic and protective facade. The building is in prefabricated concrete, long-lasting and resistant to the torments of the urban life. The surrounding wall is drilled by translucent and colored windows. These windows have various heights, for a place thought as much for the children than¬¬ for the adults, the parents or the staff.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

The housing part is treated as entity. The matter is to propose an autonomous writing to an additional element, both complementary and exterior to the program of the nursery itself, to propose to the future inhabitant a living environment desynchronized from his workplace.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

This volume lays on the nursery, slightly out of the building line, in order to give a specific urban writing to this residential space.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

The project is a setting of a living place, with its specificities, its needs and also its poetic dimension, the goal is to propose for this tiny program a frame of living that generates as much an emotion with the future occupants (children, parents, staff) than the local residents.

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

Program: Day Nursery for 66 children and 1 service apartment
Client: Ville de Paris
Architect: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architectes (ECDM)
Engineering: C&E ingenierie, Cotracoop (mandataire du groupement d’entreprises), Bonna Sabla et Il Cantiere, Lafranque
Location: 15 Rue Pierre Budin, PARIS XVIII
Site area: 875 m² SHON / 1937 m² SHOB
Cost: 3.1 M€ HT
Finished: 2012
Photographers: Luc Boegly, Benoît Fougeirol

Crèche Rue Pierre Budin by ECDM

  • Trevor Lovell

    Where's the colours!!! It's creche not a mental institute. Cool building – it could look very cool with some colours.

    • fden

      The colors will come from the furnitures.

    • H-J

      Maybe Blek le Rat and his colleagues can pay the building a visit.

  • rjc

    heatherwick