What kind of learning environment would most people want for their child? A lifeless, boring white building devoid of character, or something more like Fluor Architecture's colorful garden-topped Drulingen Creche in France? This intriguing sanctuary for children has a latticed envelope that creates a nurturing, protective environment and encourages creative play. It has also achieved significant energy savings - almost by accident - that warrant its status as a "high environmental performance" structure.
The Drulingen Creche in Alsace has a concrete shell that is wrapped in a wooden envelope with dual functions. On one hand the Siberian larch lattice provides a cocoon effect that shelters the inhabitants from the outside world, but it also acts as a sunscreen. All but one of the flat roofs is planted with low-maintenance floral species, providing insulation, water runoff control, and color!
Heating is provided by an underfloor system and daylight pours through colorful wells interspersed throughout the facility. The timber louvers are attached to the frame with galvanized wire and the window frames were made by a local architect out of sustainably sourced larch and pine timber. It really is a lovely project that makes learning bright and lively.
Via Arch Daily
images via Fluor Architecture