Ecole Maternelle Daours, Primary School France, Architect, Building, Picture, Picardie Architecture
Daours Primary School, Somme
Ecole Maternelle: French education building design by Ian Ritchie Architect: Information + Photos
Primary School, Daours, east of Amiens, Somme, Picardie, northern France
Date built: 1992
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
Ecole Maternelle, Daours:
This British architecture practice won the competition in 1992 to design an extension to the existing Daours Primary School. The concept consisted of a contemporary ‘reflection’ of the existing building, and by so doing we created between the existing and the new a spatially exciting common external covered and internal entrance.
A new reception area and four new adaptable classroom spaces and wet areas were provided. The structural and surface materials are predominantly naturally stained coloured wood, which, with clear glass provides a light and emotionally warm environment. Other materials were included to provide a didactic role for the building, allowing it to act as a sensual stimulus to both children and staff.
These included transparent rainwater pipes, fabric canopies and copper roofing , and a planted landscape screen to the south which helps screen the main teaching areas and provides a covered intermediate zone between the building and the soft landscaped external play area building acts as a sensual stimulus to both children and staff.
Daours Building images / information from Ian Ritchie Architects in 2007
Daours Primary School design : Ian Ritchie Architects
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