Ecole Maternelle Javelot is a kindergarden in Paris, France designed by Eva Samuel Architects and Associates. It is the first school in Paris to be constructed with a ‘green’ climate plan. Ecole Maternelle Javelot is surrounded by high rise buildings yet it stands out by its distinctively playful colour scheme. The exceptionally thick facade of the low-rise structure serves the double purpose of insulation and climate control as well as providing privacy for the interior.
The bright pink aluminium cladding of the openings in a variety of reliefs have an iridescent nature. The ventilation shafts and climate control systems are all installed on the roof, together with similar brightly coloured skylights which admit natural daylight into the interior. The interior is devoid of colour apart from the natural wood used in the window openings and lowered ceilings.
The way that children play and use a space has been redefined by the large recesses created by the thickness of the walls, which they use as mini playrooms. The school is growing by reappropriating new volumes in the thickness of the slab. Ecole Maternelle Javelot conquers and a facade and an entrance level with the ground slab: “street” of Rome. The outer volume is unchanged. the new envelope multiplies the surface frontage and visibility of the school.
It comes with colorful metal panels and asperities – bow window, niches, ventilation cones gleaming like a toy between the towers and bars that children will enjoy appropriate. This thick facade responds to the many performance-oriented objectives and specific constraints: HQE, eye protection, sun mask, abscence of thermal, natural ventilation in summer. Ecole Maternelle Javelot in Paris designed by Eva Samuel Architects and Associates. Photos: Gaston Bergeret