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