Paris based Chartier-Dalix Architects was recently announced as the winner for a competition to design a primary school and sport hall in Boulogne Billancourt, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris.
At the heart of the large ongoing urban renovation of the area, this innovative type of school will be mixed with a public gymnasium and be covered with a “living” shell, hosting a wide range of local fauna and flora, from bugs to owls through different species of trees and plants. The matter being to simulate a self-contained ecosystem, a landscape and a view for the surrounding buildings, a rich field of explorations and discoveries for children.
In this complex context, Chartier-Dalix Architects opted for a plain architecture, connecting volumes and functions into a fluid shape. This artificial topography generates hollows and bumps, paths and sheltered areas, with no rupture or arrangement.