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Wooden Nursery Paris / Djuric Tardio

Wooden Nursery Paris / Djuric Tardio


The Senate has made available to the City of Paris an area of ​​the Jardin du Luxembourg located near rue Guynemer. The sloping driveway lined with trees whose roots were not to be damaged by construction was on quarries 15 m deep that threatened the stability of the soil and trees. The temporary construction of the crèche was an opportunity for the Senate to fill them. The site will be restored to its initial state in 2 years thanks to foundations on micro piles.

Ph: Clément Guillaume 


The project was designed following a call from the City of Paris to create a nursery with 48 cradles. The building had to be modular and itinerant to meet the rehousing needs of Parisian children deprived of their usual reception establishments under construction. The crèche, therefore, had to be able to dismantle, move, and reassemble by nature. Inaugurated in the 6th arrondissement where it will stay 2 years, it will then be established in the 13th, with the same specifications.

Ph: Clément Guillaume  

Architectural Partie

The Jardin du Luxembourg is an exceptional site: the building had to meet the constraint of a very short permanence and a harmonious integration. The building meets architectural quality, performance, and bio-based but above all that can be re-used in this same form or another. For this, this building is completely reconfigurable and can be used for this program but also others (emergency housing, offices, etc.). The project was an opportunity to test the potential and efficiency of wood prefabrication without compromising performance. The crèche was therefore designed based on a removable primary structure inspired by the construction system of Jean Prouvé. The facades and floors are made up of wooden modules for easy handling and transport. The solid modular panels and the glass modules as well as the floor modules are identical, interchangeable, and prefabricated in the workshop, and assembled in eight weeks on site. The spaces of the nursery punctuated by the intelligent modularity of the building find their functionality, this has allowed favoring the constructive grid system which gives this building the virtues of programmatic reconfigurability and reuses. The networks are visible and also modular, which gives them an assumed industrial and functional expression.

Construction system and materials

To make the building completely removable and reassemble, it was designed using a modular system made of 100% French wood (spruce) woven over 120cm (facades and floors). The primary metal structure, inspired by the experiences of Prouvé, allow simple handling of the self-supporting modules. The assemblies are borrowed from Japanese systems. The envelope is prefabricated in the workshop, the fittings and networks are also modular.

Ph: Clément Guillaume

Floor area

The building has two levels for a floor area of ​​548 m2 and a useful area of ​​523 m2 is composed of 140 front panels and 176 interchangeable floor panels. This surface conforms to the specifications for the construction of nurseries of the City of Paris. The awakening spaces decorated with outdoor terraces, part of which is sheltered, are generous and open to the surrounding vegetation.

Ph: Clément Guillaume



DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Paris, France / AREA: 500 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: Kindergarden / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Djuric Tardio Architectes / TEAM: Bollinger+Grohmann, VPEAS, AI Environnements / PHOTOS: Clément Guillaume

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