© Véronique Nosbaum



© Véronique Nosbaum

In an inclusive approach, the city of Thonon-les-Bains published a call for tenders for the construction of a new early childhood center in 2005.

The primary objective of this project was to be able to welcome all children, regardless of their differences, in a spirit of tolerance, inclusion and sharing. The site also needed to make it possible to inform and support families, as well as to respect and protect the children through offering them a suitable venue, with quality activities and services.

To meet these objectives, we proposed the construction of a building made up of three modules in a row, in wood and concrete. The plans were designed so as to combine mandatory standards and the well-being of children through an eco-responsible approach. The living spaces, largely glassed-in, were oriented to the north in order to benefit from beautiful light exposure while also avoiding excessive heat. The resting areas, located to the south, were imagined as cozy spaces with few openings to the outside. Between each module, partially covered individual courtyards offer additional play space for children.

This work on the orientation of the zones and on the composition of the plan and the facades made it possible to maximize the use of natural resources in order to make it a place of low energy consumption.

The Thonon-les-Bains nursery opened in 2008 to meet the needs of the area's families. Its 1,800m2 equates to enough space for 64 children under the age of 4.

© Véronique Nosbaum
© Véronique Nosbaum
Project type
Construction of a nursery
Project owner
City of Thonon-les-Bains
Chatillon Architectes (lead architect),
58 Bis Architectes (associate architect)
2.8M€ (excl. VAT)
2006 – 2008