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Among the values that led the project:
The structuring of the Space-Time ratio
Indeed, children will have various activities that will have to organize themselves in space to make the movements legible but also consistent with the various sequences that make up their day. This requirement is emphasized for children hosted on the site. The spatial organization prioritizes the different functions on the parcel to facilitate the identification according to the time of the day. For example, for the 16-20 age group, access to the workshops does not follow the same route as the meal time.
Spaces of transition and landmarks Displacement is an important issue; the ability of children to invest spaces is linked to the way architecture accompanies them. The simplicity of the spatial organization leads to a distribution of spaces that are easy to grasp and through which the treatment of colors, materials and signage make it possible to create a set of spatio-temporal landmarks.
Putting the path into perspective We organized the project so that the activities of the different age groups (units) can be seen to put into perspective the path of the child in the institution, to make him want to do, to go there, to participate. We have located the workshops near the main entrance so that they can be seen by all the children, especially the little ones. The 6/12 years go into their unit without crossing other spaces. They are supported on the 1st floor in their units, which are directly linked to a dedicated courtyard. They can observe the biggest in their outdoor activities. Growing up means being able to invest more broadly in the establishment.
Protective spaces We designed the spaces so that they are safe to allow a ritualization of everyday acts. Their design makes it possible to distance external stimuli to facilitate the concentration. A tool of work at the service of the Children. In order to make the staff more available to children, we have designed workplaces adapted to their activities. We have been vigilant about:
- the general organization of functions facilitating travel, control,
- the ergonomics of the spaces,
- the acoustic quality of the premises,
- the durability of the materials.
Flexibility and scalability
The constructive structure of the project will allow a transformation of the easy facilities, without major works. We know that today's truth is not tomorrow's; "When we freeze the walls, we freeze those inside". Eric Fiat - Philosopher.