This group of schools is part of the response to the shortage of school premises in the centre and northern parts of the town of Villejuif, on the outskirts of Paris. The reservoir site where it is located is exceptional in the town, on two counts: it is protected from sound disturbance, and it has a number of large trees in addition to its water feature.
▼项目俯瞰，top view of the project ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project ©Clement GUILLAUME
The topography and geometry of the plot are also very unusual: the very small – even interstitial – site occupies a set of platforms, and although the building takes up only a minimal amount of space it offers views out over the landscape in the distance. Its compact deconstructed facades soften the overall effect and make it easy to discern the different levels. Their languages, the materials used, and their imbrication give the appearance of a collage, and affirm the status of the building as a school facility for the population.
▼入口，entrance ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼拼贴式外观，the appearance of a collage ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼由平台望向建筑，view to the building from the platform ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼建筑一角，a corner of the building ©Clement GUILLAUME
Within this enclosed site, three different access routes preserve fluidity by offering several destinations, including a shared forecourt. The nursery school and space for out-of-school activities occupy the ground floor, opening out onto a large playground. A library, next to a central patio, occupies a double height, thereby introducing a visual link with the elementary school on the upper levels. These may be accessed by stairs leading directly to the playground on the first floor. A very large overhang frees up space and provides a panoramic view towards Paris. It is remarkable for its writing and its materiality. Thus this upper playground is designed as a large empty space stretched out beneath the volume in scorched wood that houses the elementary classes. The different shades of green that are used are in keeping with the wooded site.
▼层叠的操场，the stacked playgrounds ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼通往二层操场的楼梯 ©Clement GUILLAUME the stairs leading to the playground on the first floor
▼二层操场，the playground on the first floor ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼巨大的悬挑释放了空间，the large overhang frees up space ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼孩子们在檐下玩耍，the children playing under the eaves©Clement GUILLAUME
▼深浅不一的绿色与树木繁茂的环境相协调，the different shades of green that are used are in keeping with the wooded site ©Clement GUILLAUME
The clear geometry of the classrooms provides the pupils with landmarks and makes it possible to install lighting and visual systems that add quality to their use and appropriation. The nursery classes look out onto the large trees, as do the canteen areas on the garden level; the elementary classes are also well endowed with windows. There is abundant natural light throughout the building, to the advantage of even the generously dimensioned traffic routes, turning them into areas that are playful as well as functional. The school offers a great diversity of situations; its varied component parts gain in value from their natural contrast.
▼建筑内部布满阳光 ©Clement GUILLAUME the interior of the building is full of sunshine
▼小学教室，the elementary classroom ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼幼儿园教室，the nursery classroom ©Clement GUILLAUME
▼区位图，location ©Dominique Coulon & Associés
▼总平面图，site plan ©Dominique Coulon & Associés
▼花园层平面图，garden level plan ©Dominique Coulon & Associés
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan ©Dominique Coulon & Associés
▼二层平面图，first floor plan ©Dominique Coulon & Associés
▼三层平面图，second floor plan ©Dominique Coulon & Associés
▼立面图，elevations ©Dominique Coulon & Associés
▼剖面图，sections ©Dominique Coulon & Associés