Making use of a tight, narrow space, h2o architects designed and built an extension of a nursery in the center of Paris. Epée de Bois is a nursery for 24 children that’s set against an existing building towards the end of a courtyard. Unlike the rest of the buildings that surround it, the nursery’s light and unique exterior gives it a distinct identity.

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

The glass building is protected by a perforated shell that creates the look of a pleated curtain blowing up around the entrance.

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

The shell also lets maximum amounts of light to fill the spaces and play areas.

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

The interior and exterior are all painted a stark white, letting the colorful toys and furniture take the stage.

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

The nursery is spread out over three levels, with the ground level and first floor dedicated to the children and the basement level being a private space.

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

The top floor is a roof terrace that the children can safely play on while being protected by a perimeter fence that also lets them look out.

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

Epée de Bois Nursery by h2o architectes in main architecture  Category

Photos by Julien Attard.