Nijvel Municipal Crèche, Nivelles Child Care Centre, Belgium Education Architecture

Nijvel Municipal Crèche

Contemporary Belgian Education Building Development design by BURO II & ARCHI+I

16 Jan 2014

Nivelles Crèche


Location: Nivelles, Belgium

Nivelles Crèche

Expansion of Nijvel’s Municipal Crèche

This project consists of expanding the ‘Children of the World’ crèche at Nij vel. The building is located in a park setting of rural significance, the Dodaine park. Two wings with 18 places (sized for an increase to 25 children) will be added to the crèche plus various administrative rooms for staff and services.

Nijvel Municipal Crèche


The architecture is completely in keeping with the building’s function (the playful world of children). It was logical to use wood for the structure and for the facades because of its warm look and feel and its technical properties.

vNijvel Municipal Crèche Belgium interior


Along the ‘Wereldlaan’ the world of a child is immediately apparent through the size and positioning of the facade openings and the different colours in the interior of the building. The south facade is very open and leads on to a large patio with a view of the park so as to benefit optimally from the improved sunning. The northeast and northwest facades are more closed in order to limit heat losses. The interaction of the roof slopes creates possibilities for natural ventilation and cooling.

Nijvel Municipal Crèche Belgian child care centre

Nivelles Crèche Nijvel – Building Information

Municipality of Nijvel
Place Albert, 1
B-1400 Nij vel
Stephanie Deneef T +32.(0)

Nijvel Municipal Crèche Belgian child care centre

Description and location
Extension of a communal child care centre.
Boulevard de la Dodaine 1, B-1400 Nivelles

Arch. Christian Troosters (project director)
Arch. Nadia Herrandou (design architect)
Arch. Jacques De Dixmude (project architect)

Nivelles Crèche Nijvel Building

Specified execution term: start 01/04/2011 – end 01/09/2012 + 30 calendar days:
Time of execution: 500 calendar days
Receptiondate: 2013

Area surface:
Land use of the building: 880 m²
Gross floor area: 880 m²

Nijvel Municipal Crèche Belgian child care centre

Energy Performance [EPB]
Niveau K: K13 / Building passive

Financial Data
Originally estimated budget: € 1.200.000
Contracted budget: € 1.268.018
Final budget: € 1.394.000

Nijvel Municipal Crèche interior design

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Photography: Filip Dujardin

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