Matali Crasset | The Maison des Petits
Just behind the navel is an enormous mushroom. In its foot: the technical core, a closed area with two entrances: to the right, services for children (a water point to wash hands and a children’s toilet, to the left, services for adults only: an area for nappy changing with shower and water point and kitchenette. Close by, a dining table at two heights for snacks. In the mushroom’s top, the platform enables the light, sound diffuser and artistic appliances to be hung high up.
At the back of the area, for the small and older children: the activity mushrooms. Movable structures which can be moved around and configured according to the day’s activities thanks to a range of extensions: elements to make a table, compartments to offer tools, a flexible separator, etc. In addition, the foot is luminous to give the protective top an area to scale. All around the shell formed by a double skin which, like two brackets, run along the walls where there are no openings to the outside.
The double skin is made up of three layers of inclinable panels and some of them are articulated. The lower layer, made up of inclined sections offer supports for children:
Here, it can be changed into a comfortable back to complete the seating for the storytelling and rest corner,
Here, it becomes a shelving support where the games are set out.
Here, it allows sound and light to be diffused.
Here, it can be converted into a mini-ladder.
The layer in the middle made up of doors is used by adults only to tidy away. Finally, the upper layer is made of panels of the same colour but with micro-perforations to form acoustic panels which are inclined inwards.
At the four corners of the area, the double skin stretches away from the walls to create semi-open areas offering:
- a small office corner bathed in yellow together with a small sitting room
- an area devoted to the guest artist with a small presentation stand facing towards the outside display window,
- a area for storing additional furniture,
finally, the last corner has a small perched and hidden cabin.
Design / aménagement global : matali crasset, matali crasset productions assistée de Marco Salgado & Francis Fichot
Projet réalisé avec le soutien de Polyrey
Maison des petits, direction : Nicole Roux
Location: Paris, France Project Architect / Design Team: Matali Crasset Client: Centquatre, établissement artistique de la Ville de Paris – Paris, France
Operational architect: Tomorrow Architects
Structural engineer: N/A
Engineer HVAC: Gilles Pasquier – GCTRI
Acoustics engineering: Habib Namaoui – Point d’Orgue
Contractor (name, city)
Walls: Bati-Matos, France
Floors: Eurosyntec, France
Lighting: Morand, France
Furniture: Bonnardel, France
Floorsurface: 138.7 m²
Date design: February 2008
Start construction: December 2008
End construction: June 2009 Photos: Jérome Spriet