Lego Architecture Studio

Un vero e proprio giocattolo per adulti, possibilmente architetti. Dopo le famose scatole relative ai grandi capolavori dell’architettura – dalla Casa sulla Cascata di Frank Lloyd Wright a Ville Savoy di Le Corbusier – che tanto ancora appassionano progettisti e conosseurs, ecco l’ultimo kit della Lego concepito per chi vuol andare oltre il modellino e soddisfare il suo spirito creativo, senza seguire, passo dopo passo, rigorosamente un manuale di istruzioni.

Lego Architecture Studio è un kit composto da 1.200 pezzi (bianchi e trasparenti), senza alcun manuale di istruzioni. Al suo posto, una guida di 250 pagine con tantissimi esempi di realizzazioni a cura dei più grandi studi di progettazione al mondo, come Rex, Som, Sou Fujimoto, giusto per solleticare la creatività e l’immaginazione.

Il kit è raccomandato ai maggiori di 16 anni; in realtà non è tanto questione di età quanto di motivazione. Se non si è più che appassionati (e anche un po’ periti…) non sarà facilissimo riuscire a costruire un edificio dalla minima complessità; se ce la farete sarà davvero un oggetto da esporre in bella mostra nel vostro studio.

In vendita su Lego online shop a 150 $.

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Centre for children and games library

The complex triangular plot is located within a heterogeneous built fabric: the park to the West, old town houses to the North and several new 5 storey buildings to the South. The depth of the site provides the building with three different orientations. The workshops and games rooms are therefore turned towards the garden, most of the spaces benefiting from an unobstructed view out onto greenery. The entrance space, with its forecourt set back from the street, acts as an urban connection with the rue Arago. The building slots into this complex site, preserving, as much as possible, a certain continuity with the existing urban fabric as well as with the layout of the Victor Hugo Garden.

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The children’s centre stands out as a public facility. The scheme demonstrates cultural, educational and civic intentions with a strong social integration objective. The centre is a place for educational leisure, where children and adolescents are able to develop their own individuality through collective games and workshops. The building’s functional organisation evolves around the central hall, focal point of the centre, entirely open to the public. Firstly, the scheme rests on a plinth consisting of horizontal lines echoing the configuration of the park. This base supports a number of timber boxes, which appear to be light structures with varied panelling, set out in a fragmented way. The interior layout of the ground floor favours open spaces with maximum transparency, adapted to natural lighting requirements, as well as acoustic conditions. The rigorous organisation of the different entities allows for a great legibility of the various uses, while facilitating the children and visitor’s orientation throughout the building. This is also achieved with the use of a colorimetric language and appropriate signage.

photo: Clément Guillaume

www.soa-architectes.fr

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Gavroche centre for children

Location: 50 rue Arago, Zac Victor Hugo, Saint-Ouen, France

Client: City of Saint-Ouen

Project Management: SOA (commissioned architect), Starck (feasibility consultants and economists), GA (acousticians)

Budget: 2,49 million €

Net floor Area: 851 mq

Environmental aspects and performance standards: HQE environmental approach, THPE certification