Crèche 24 berceaux – Palais de l’Alma/

Studio Régis Roudil Architects


Project Details



Paris / France



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2022

Area (Net/Gross):

308 m2 / -
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

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  • Natural materials such as adobe and timber help to reduce the total embodied carbon.
  • The interior spaces are designed with great flexibility which could allow alternative uses.
  • Structure is not over engineered .
  • An example of a very low embodied carbon single story building .

The Palais de l’Alma in Paris is now home to a new nursery, designed by French architect Régis Roudil. The 24-child nursery is located at the rear of the 19th-century national palace, which were once Napoleon III’s stables and are now presidential offices. Constructed using adobe and timber, the building’s narrow, single-storey structure extends the width of the garden and is anchored by two solid adobe forms at either end. Inside, a large, open classroom is surrounded by two crib areas, and a central bathroom block, all illuminated by skylights in the metal roof. The space is fitted with bespoke timber furniture, making it flexible and easily reconfigurable. The nursery opens out onto a quiet garden and is framed by timber columns, with large, sliding glass doors in the classroom that open onto a play and seating area. On the opposite side of the building, a pathway has been created between the palace walls and the nursery’s southern elevation, creating a route all the way around the building overlooked by windows.According to the studio, one of the main challenges of the project was to integrate the nursery into the existing built heritage and the exceptional urban fabric in a respectful way. The new location provides the nursery with a genuine place of serenity, compared to its previous site in an older, ill-adapted building on the rue de l’Elysée.


  • Client: Présidence de la République
  • Architect: Atelier Régis Roudil Architectes
  • Project managers: Régis Roudil, Charles Lacroix
  • Structure: Vessière
  • Fluids engineer: B52
  • Economist: ECO+
  • Environmental engineer: EODD
  • Acoustics: Viasonora
  • Photographer: Michel Florent 11h45


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