Kindergarten is at the end of the rainbow in Paris

What’s best for children’s decor – a blank canvas or spaces bursting with colour?

We recently showed you Nuno Nono, a kindergarten that was decorated in minimalist white. In complete contrast is Ecole Maternelle Pajol, a kindergarten in Paris.

Architects Palatre & Leclère retained much of the building’s 1940s facade when given the task of recreating the space. The small rainbow at the entrance to the kindergarten gives a hint as to what’s to come – and that’s bright colour both inside and out.

Apart from the emphasis on colour, the architects used a variety of textures and a variety of shapes, giving the spaces a playful feel – look at the red snail-like stall dividers in the bathroom and the bookshelf shaped like a cloud – gorgeous! I particularly like the Art Deco-inspired ‘fans’ painted on the wall – a subtle nod to the building’s history.

(via Cool Hunter)


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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