Childcare center, Aire-sur-la-Lys (France) - Facade Danpalon® 16, 600 mm, 1040 mm, clear, green, blue, orange, red, purple, ice Softlite, 104 m² - Architects : Parallèle Architectes (FR) - Installer : SIA Nord (FR) ; Foucault SARL (FR)

In downtown Aire-sur-la-Lys, a cocoon for children has emerged as a nest to shelter them. A nursery school, childcare centre, a PMI space (Maternal and Child Care), and maternity services form a single building as seen from the outside, but which opens onto a courtyard inside to the south from where life emerges.

1“We started with the name of the town, Aire, “area” in Latin, which is the eagle’s nest, to imagine a protective place. The entire periphery is like an egg shell covered with copper, stainless steel and wood. At the centre is the hatching post, with plays of volumes of materials and colours,” says Grégoire Noyer, architect from the Parallèle agency.





8“We worked on a variety of lights and colours both outdoors and indoors, to help towards the development of the child. We wanted the facades to include elements of curiosity, diversity bringing together different materials,” specifies Grégoire Noyer..





9Among the materials, Danpalon® can be applied in many forms. At the entrance of the early childhood centre, it is used as a facade facing on the bottom of the white vapour-barrier that brings out the colours, in a play of assorted shades matching the glazed copper that crowns the door. In the upper part of the kindergarten hall, it becomes a translucent curved envelope that protects the space and its occupants from direct sunlight during the day and plays the role of a reassuring lantern in the evening. 

facade   ▪    Vented rainscreen   ▪    roofing   ▪    canopy   ▪    interior

Practical information

ceNorme EN n°16153


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