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Buhl Nursery by Dominique Coulon & Associés

Built in 2015 in Alsace by Dominique Coulon & Associés studio, Buhl Nursery is a colorful lego-resembling castle.
It echoes the orthonormal geometry of the 14th century fortified building on the nearby hillside, appearing as a long volume colored in pink, red and purple tones. 
A perimeter wall with openings like on a castle wall protects the children’s playgrounds, while the heart of the building is formed by a central space which emerges at double the height and plays with natural light like a kaleidoscope.
The tones of pink and red in matte and glossy finishes continues from the exterior to the interior spaces; in contrast, some rooms have been left completely in white. 
There is abundant natural light throughout, captured by skylights emerging from the overall volume.
The building appears in the landscape like a fragmented monolith, surrounded by sixty-eight apple trees which hark back to the local agricultural landscape.

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POSTED BY cts-klee
April 20, 2016