A wooden school centre for 1,000 pupils has been completed in the town of Limeil-Brévannes near Paris. The school centre, which covers an area of 9,500 m², contains three pre-school/day-care centres and two schools.
France??s largest wooden school centre was designed by French architect Véronique Klimine and Finnish architect Olavi Koponen who is currently working in Grenoble. It was the first project that they had done together.
According to Koponen, building the school centre of wood was a requirement of the town’s leaders.
Public wood construction is growing in France, as a result of the debate on the mitigation of climate change, the energy efficiency of construction and emissions from construction.
According to the builder of the school centre, the competitiveness of wood construction is based on the shorter time required to install wooden elements on site compared to traditional construction. The landmark of the school building is a high triangular tower, which has on it a mermaid and octopus by Finnish artist Lauri Ahlgren.
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