Senza le voci dei bambini le città sono morte

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Potrebbe essere l’ispirazione per un romanzo alla Stephen King. Una città perfettamente sterilizzata dalla presenza dei bambini, via dalle strade e dai giardini, dai ristoranti e dai cinema. Una città abitata solo da adulti, o meglio da vecchi ancora in salute, dediti ai loro piaceri e ai loro passatempi senza impegno né scadenza. Una città senza il vociare dei bambini piccoli all’uscita dalle scuole o dagli asili, finalmente liberati dalle angustie degli spazi scolastici, quando esplodono con fuochi d’artificio, festosi e acuti. Una città senza le biciclette, i passeggini, i monopattini, gli skateboard. Una città compostamente in silenzio.Read More

Vibeeng School by Arkitema Architects

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The Vibeeng School by Arkitema Architects is characterized by playful red facade. The external educational zones and the roof creates ideal opportunities for both the installation of solar panels and north-facing skylights, elements that contribute to the school’s low energy status.Read More

SOS. School of sustainability

I cambiamenti sociali e il profilarsi di sempre nuove emergenze economiche, climatiche e ambientali, evidenziano la necessità di una vera cultura della sostenibilità.  Si tratta di una sfida multidisciplinare, che coinvolge la politica, l’economia, le scienze e, naturalmente, l’architettura.
Da questo presupposto nasce SOS – School of Sustainability, un progetto internazionale di educazione post laurea, ideato dall’Architetto Mario Cucinella con l’obiettivo di condividere sapere teorico e competenze tecniche per formare i futuri professionisti della sostenibilità. Concepito come un laboratorio di ricerca per indagare i temi più attuali legati al “costruire e vivere sostenibile” , SOS  si rivolge ai neolaureati  in architettura, ingegneria, design o a chi abbia completato gli studi in discipline inerenti l’economia, la climatologia, la geografia e voglia intraprendere un percorso di specializzazione nell’ambito della sostenibilità. Fondamentale nel percorso formativo di SOS, sarà la collaborazione con professionisti e aziende, che promuoveranno i temi di indagine sulla base delle urgenze riscontrate nelle loro attività quotidiane. Secondo il principio di “Education: Learning by Doing”, SOS avrà dunque la funzione di piattaforma per lo studio e la condivisione di nuove soluzioni sostenibili. I corsi di SOS – School of Sustainability si terranno a Bologna a partire da settembre 2015 e saranno  aperti a 60 studenti selezionati in ogni parte del mondo, che si divideranno in quattro curricula principali:
Architecture as a Social Business,  Post Carbon Architecture, Right for a Quality Shelter, Blue Design.
Ogni corso prevede 1500 ore, tra lezioni teoriche, laboratori e studio individuale, articolate in un periodo di 12 mesi.

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Giraffe Childecare Center

The Giraffe childcare center is located in the C1 block of the Seguin Rives de Seine district in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburban area of Paris. The program houses a 60 bed childcare center and 20 bed day nursery. The building has been awarded the green “zéro Energie Effinergie” label.

This  public building is located next to Jean Nouvel’s “Horizons” tower, at the junction between the “Vieux pont de Sèvres” neighbourhood, built in the 70’s, and the new area called “ le Trapèze”. The High density of this area gives it a rugged skyline. To be integrated into this particular urban landscape, the building is composed of three tiers. Each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces and is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture. Viewed from the surrounding towers, the regular sequence of terraces offers a real « fifth facade » to the neighbourhood.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the wild animal sculptures. The idea is to animate the urban landscape by using a child’s imagination. The wild animals appropriate the space; a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park, a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the façade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right, a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion. The giraffe has become a banner for the nursery since it is visible in the surrounding area from all angles. We walk through its legs to enter the building. Through their affable form, the lively animal sculptures invite us to live our dreams. These playful and dreamlike sculptures introduce a little bit of fantasy into the routine life of the town in order to inspire our lives with a bit of poetry.

www.hondelatte-laporte.com

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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

La Bulle Enchanteé

Per creare un ambiente il più adatto possibile ai piccoli ospiti della nursery, gli architetti Michel Grasso e Paul le Quernec si sono lasciati ispirare dalle forme della cellula e del grembo materno. Il risultato è uno spazio avvolgente, che pone l’asilo al centro del layout come fosse il nucleo della cellula, circondato dai giardini (citoplasma) e da un muro che lo racchiude come una membrana.
L’ingresso è  caratterizzato da una volta di cemento che è la continuazione del muro periferico. Tutte le unità si irradiano dalla zona centrale evitando la necessità di corridoi. Un concept organico e uterino, che offre sicurezza e comfort ai bambini e ai genitori. Le altezze cambiano continuamente, dai 2,10 m ai 4,20 creando un morbido gioco di volumi.
www.michelgrasso.fr

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