Chartier Dalix Architectes, Rosalind Franklin School Complex, Rosalind Franklin School Complex by Chartier Dalix Architectes, Ivry-sur-Seine, green roof, green roofed school, green terraces, biodiversity, teaching garden

Developed as one of the first facilities to Ivry-sur-Seine’s urban development zone, the school complex will serve as a major anchor for a developing neighborhood. The 8,650-square-meter school is asymmetrical and features three peninsula-like shapes that jut out towards the south and are flanked by two school playgrounds. The south-facing playgrounds and staggered garden terraces maximize access to daylight.

Chartier Dalix Architectes, Rosalind Franklin School Complex, Rosalind Franklin School Complex by Chartier Dalix Architectes, Ivry-sur-Seine, green roof, green roofed school, green terraces, biodiversity, teaching garden

Full-height windows are installed throughout the building to bring in natural light and provide panoramic views of the urban landscape. In contrast to the relatively low-profile school complex, the student dormitory rises like a towering monolith on the north-end of the site and is carefully placed so as to not block the school’s access to sunlight.

Chartier Dalix Architectes, Rosalind Franklin School Complex, Rosalind Franklin School Complex by Chartier Dalix Architectes, Ivry-sur-Seine, green roof, green roofed school, green terraces, biodiversity, teaching garden

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The architects write: “This context offers a teaching opportunity on the subject of biodiversity, mainly thanks to two areas: the teaching garden, designed as a terrace accessible from the common areas on the first floor, provided with large planters for growing herbs and vegetables; the reading room on the mezzanine of the library, with a view over all the terraces.”

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