Architect: Shohreh Davar Panah – Sarre, Atelier Architectes
Building Owner: City of Paris, Paris, France
We have all dreamt of a candy-coloured school at some point in our lives. Well, architect Shohreh Davar took this childhood dream as inspiration for the new decor of the crèche situated on rue Lauzin in the 19th district of Paris. With a hint of imagination, a pinch of naughtiness and a wealth of creativity, she transformed the school facade into a brightly coloured sweet wrapper.
Sho Davar Panah, the architect in charge of the project, dabbled with a palette of eight colours to come up with a pattern of bright tones set out like fragments of barley sugar along the school wall. Each colour, whether apple green, violet, pink, azure blue or yellow, shines in the light of the next one.
Davar simply states, “The random patchwork of colours evokes a childlike fantasy of sweets!” We can’t argue with that.
The internal and external architectural environment of the crèche was crucial in the development of the senses of the children it looks after. The architects were keen to provide the children with bright colours and began by looking at the possibility of graffiti drawings. They later opted for transparent glass with coloured inserts as this was the optimum solution for marrying colour with clarity and brightness. All of the shades chosen contribute to the well-being of the children and impart a lighter and more childlike feel on to the building and the district as a whole.
This colourful glass façade truly gives a fresh boost to the 1970s buildings and has updated the image of the 19th district of Paris wonderfully.