Le Bourget school complexEdit profile
Hubert & Roy Architects' recently completed school at Le Bourget is modelled after its changing neighbourhood, an area facing the landscape of Grand Paris, connected to the city by green "corridors" and a nearby train station.
Likened by the architects to a "vertebrate organism slipping into the fragmented plot", the school's design is based on a structure entirely made out of timber, digitised, optimised and prefabricated in a workshop-factory, a process which allowed it to be mounted in a matter of months by craftsmen.
The building, including structural frames every one and a half metres, is covered with a green roof for water retention and thermal mass. The elevations are cladded with glass and aluminium panels aligned on the frame to frame distance resulting in an aluminum envelope — only 4 mm thick — which allows for insulation.
Kindergarten classrooms are located on the ground floor and have access from the schoolyard, while the elementary school is located upstairs with a large "oriel" window providing heat input during winter, and a view from inside the school into the distance.