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Project: Guardería Buhl.

Author: Dominique Coulon & Associés.  

Location: Buhl

Architectural photography of a nursery in Buhl, in the Alsace region (France). A 14th century castle dominates the site from the nearby hillside. A perimeter wall with openings as in the wall of a castle protects the playgrounds of children. This spatial arrangement offers views of the rounded contours of the Vosges Mountains. The principle of the strictly rectangular plan is an arrangement of successive crowns that contains the elements of the project. These layers give depth to the project in general. The heart of the building is formed by a central space that emerges in double height and plays with natural light like a kaleidoscope. This almost cubic volume houses different faces that present a color palette from pink to red. The mate and the bright give shape to the space to make it richer and more subtle. The multiple transparencies installed between the different layers give depth to the building. There is abundant natural light everywhere, captured by skylights that emerge from the central volume. The building emerges in the landscape as a fragmented monolith where the play of solids and hollows reminds a Lego model of Castle. The building is surrounded by sixty-eight apple trees that recall the local agricultural landscape.

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