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Parisian School Building – by Mikou Design Studio, architects

5 Mar 2013

Ecole Bobigny

Design: Mikou Design Studio

School Complex Bobigny

Bobigny School Building

This french school building was completed in September 2012.

The city centre school in Bobigny is in a strategic urban location, bounded by three large streets and by a pedestrian space on the north. It is in the middle of an urban complex mainly composed of housing, near the city hall. Therefore this new school is a visually remarkable amenity, visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project onto which the openings of the neighbouring dwellings face.

School Complex Bobigny

We designed this amenity – which is emblematic of the city centre’s renewal – to be a strong architectural landmark in its neighbourhood that is both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure the children’s privacy.

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The building’s location lent itself to a three-storey mass on the north and east which gradually descends in tiers towards the south to allow maximum sunshine into the school playgrounds.

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Ecole Bobigny


Design: Mikou Design Studio

Bobigny School Complex

Bobigny, northeast Paris

A visually remarkable amenity in the city centre

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Therefore, on the pedestrian street, our scheme presents a two-storey flat-facaded wall-building enlivened by a random series of openings alternating with solid timber panels of different colours.

This large mosaic-façade contains the entrance to the nursery and primary schools and the public entrance to the nursery and primary leisure centres, the games library and the common areas.

Therefore the scheme’s overall form is a spiral with a three-storey front on the north, designed to base the amenity’s institutional function on the pedestrian passage and the entrance esplanade, with gradual lightening of the built mass from the second upper floor downwards to the ground floor on the east and west, thereby allowing maximum sunlight into the classrooms and the school playgrounds.

This configuration allows us to propose a very identifiable building that is both unified and protective, which fits closely into its urban setting and follows the layout of the three streets that enclose it, with variation of the massing that creates a play of transparency and of visual counterpoints on the south and the south-west.

Viewed from above, the building is seen as a succession of planted terraces on the north and east which open up and wrap themselves around the void of the nursery school playground on the ground floor and the primary school playground on a first-floor terrace, protected by a planted screen-fence.

Ecole Bobigny Paris – Building Information

Architect: Mikou Design Studio

Salwa Mikou, Selma Mikou, Cécile Jalby, Iskra Pencheva, Alessandra Annoni, Samiel Musolino

Client: City of Bobigny

Program: Preschool, Primary school, Recreation centre

Budget: 9 M €

Surface: 5,000 m2

Location: Bobigny

Date: competition 2009, first prize. Completion 2013

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