Larger-than-life animal structure actually supports the architecture.
The Giraffe Childcare Center is situated in the Seguin Rives de Seine district in the suburban areas of Paris, France. The most noticeable part of the building is that it features a larger-than-life giraffe sculpture as a support column. From a distance, it looks as if the animal is poking its long neck through the roof.
The 1,450-square-meter building is designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architectes. The childcare center has a total of 80 beds, and three tiers of floors with south-facing playgrounds that are well-connected with the interior space.
Every morning, children and parents enter the building through the legs of the giraffe. The center also features a large white bear sculpture that looks over one of the floors. These quirky animal columns are constructed from solid concrete. The architects explain that, “Through their affable form, the sculptures invite us to live our dreams.”
Take a look at the gallery below to see more photos of the childcare center.
Photography by Philippe Ruault