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A Giant Yellow Giraffe Livens Up the Net Zero Giraffe Childcare Center in France
Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 10, 2013 @ 9:32 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments
The 1,450 square meter Giraffe Childcare Center is located in a dense area in the suburbs of Paris. The childcare center has 60 beds while the nursery has 20. There are three tiers, all with south-facing playgrounds  that are well-connected to the interior programs, and each is marked with a fun concrete animal sculpture . There’s the giraffe, through the legs of which one enters the facility, a polar bear clambering up steps, and a suite of giant ladybugs on a wall.
Although the design brief doesn’t mention how the building, which is clad in white corrugated iron that contrasts with the urban landscape, achieved net zero , one assumes that it generates its own energy and features high efficiency. The giraffe is the most distinctive aspect of the design, as it can be seen from many different angles, and it is designed to animate imaginations. Going to the doctor will never seem boring again.
Via Arch Daily 
Photos © Philippe Ruault
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URLs in this post:
 suburbs of Paris: http://inhabitat.com/azc-envisions-a-giant-inflatable-trampoline-bridge-for-paris/
 wild animals: http://inhabitat.com/oeufs-adorable-animal-hats-show-us-where-the-wild-things-are/
 Hondelatte Laporte Architectes: http://www.hondelatte-laporte.com
 Zéro Energie Effinergie: http://www.effinergie.org
 playgrounds: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-green-playgrounds-will-capture-stormwater-throughout-nyc/
 animal sculpture: http://inhabitat.com/tag/animal-sculpture/
 net zero: http://inhabitat.com/tag/net-zero/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/316652/giraffe-childcare-center-hondelatte-laporte-architectes/
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