A series of green roofs crown the new Bobigny school in France. A landmark urban facility by Mikou Design Studio, the three story school spirals down on the north side to maximize daylighting and create a protective shield and presents itself as a double story on the pedestrian side. This facade is comprised of alternating timber panels and glazed openings, and the entire program was designed as a symbol of the city's renewal.
Located on a tight urban block, the school is one part of a larger complex, but it was primarily important to ensure that the children should feel protected. This sensibility is achieved with the elliptical form organized around a series of inner courtyards. Careful orientation ensures that each level is exposed to an optimum level of daylighting. Every terrace boasts green roofs and planted screens.
The side of the building that is visible from the street is clad in an alternating mosaic of solid timber panels of varying hues. Creating a striking pixelated effect, this facade helps to establish the new school as a landmark destination. Glazed openings combined with massive light wells inside ensure that natural light pours into the interior. Overall, this is a remarkable project that fosters a happy green aesthetic.
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Florian Kleinfenn