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First time I saw this school, called Josephine Baker School, built by Dominique Coulon & Associés I was stunned by its architecture but at the same time, I was shocked by the choice of the really, really strong orange, not used as a focus point, but used on the majority of the walls, many floors and even ceilings. Now, that got me thinking and wondering if this is a good thing or a bit too much.

By Yatzer: “Emphasis has been given by Dominique Coulon & Associés to the relationship between the child’s physique and the space. It isn’t just another school which has been designed as an area for adults in a micro scale serving children. The use of natural products – such as linoleum on the floors, and wood for the door and window frames – and the attention paid even to the smallest details contribute to making the building an almost luxurious place, a place hailed enthusiastically at its inauguration by a population of parents and pupils.”

Please, take a look and let me know what you think of this Orange school. Is it Cool or Fool?



The exterior looks modern, but not too uncommon for a school.


There’s a nursery school and elementary. Both in separated buildings.


The orange color pops on the outside, but wait until you get inside!


Very interesting architecture.


Do you like it?

Sun Ray

I guess the orange makes things more “alive” with all the snow around.


To better understand this space.

Room To Roar

Spacious areas for the kids to play.


An outdoor hallway.

Orange View

The building from the top.

Main Entrance

From now on, get ready to see orange.

To the Classes

Grab your sunglasses. 🙂


The building feels really modern.


This is really cool. I like this hallway.


The kids use these “balls” on the walls to hang their coats.




The reflection of the sun looks beautiful on the wall.

Orange and More Orange

I warned you to wear your sunglasses, right?


Happy kids in a orange-y world.


A break from all the orange. Needed!


Having this much of natural light is fantastic for a classroom.

Learning Time

This is a great classroom.

So, what do you think of this place? Too Cool for school or what a Fool school? 😉

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’m wishing you some warm weather, some sunshine and some ice cream! Yes, I’m having some during this weekend!

See you back on Monday!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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Source: Yatzer.

* “Cool or Fool” happens every Friday. I’ve started this section where I post “different” and controversial things that I know some of you will love and others will not. The point is to tell us what you really think, regardless of anything. It’s a space where you speak your mind and analyze what you see. Have fun with it and laugh along the way!

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  1. Claudia said,

    I love color, but I don’t like that it’s just one color. I would love it if there were others.

  2. Wow… If that doesn’t keep kids awake and alert, then I don’t know what will! Have a great weekend!

  3. Tiffany,

    You made a great point and made me laugh!!! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  4. The enchanted home said,

    Wow thats a whole lot of orange! Hummmm not sure if its just too much, I would think it could actually make the kids overstimulated, all that bright color, sometimes they need soothing, soft serene spaces to be calm and think. Not sure how that bright room would affect ones ability to really think and concentrate! The interior is a bit warmer and fun but the extrerior is cold and hardly welcoming..so sorry to say this has to be a “fool” for me. Have a great weekend Luciane!

  5. SizzleandZoom said,

    This is a hard one for me. It’s just a school. I love orange altho this way too much for me to live with.
    I’m not going to say it’s fool afterall the color pink would be worse as would grey. I can’t call it one or the other.

  6. Splendid Sass said,

    Well, I love orange, but I think they went overboard. Can you imagine what they will go through when they repaint? Fool for me!
    Have a great weekend, Luciane.

  7. Sheila Zeller said,

    Orange is a happy colour and we want our kids to be happy, especially when they’re in school! I would normally say ‘fool’, too much orange, but the days of institutional boredom on the walls is over, so I say ‘cool’! xo Sheila

  8. Nichole@40daysof said,

    I’m going with cool.

    My only hesitation is that orange is supposed to be a color that makes you hungry.

  9. Jano said,

    Fool. I had the unpleasant experience of being a school staff member on an advisory board that was to have provided input to the architects who were designing an addition to my school. One architect kept saying “the children must have ownership of the space…” as the rationale for some of the most impractical not to mention expensive and pointless features. Ummm…wrong – it’s the teacher’s space first. We teachers on the advisory board held our ground but it was a battle. One critical point that I had to hammer home was all teachers’ absolute need for “line of sight” in order to supervise multiple activities and maintain a safe teaching environment. This school has all the signs of an architect’s vision trumping common sense. Fool, indeed.

  10. Conspicuous Style Blog said,

    I thought I was going to hate it from the first photo, but the more I looked the more I liked it! It kind of made me feel happy imagining being there. And I love the wires hung for the kids art….I think it is definitely cool!

  11. Bringin Pretty Back said,

    well…I love the idea of using color.. but it seems just a bit over the top. But … it is much better than the dreary walls I had to look at in school.
    Have a pretty day!

  12. michele@hellolovelyinc said,

    i don’t like this for a school because it’s possible it’s much too stimulating for certain students. take me for example. strong color increases my alertness, yes, but makes me nervous, which is not a good thing when exams are involved. there is a reason some prisons have calm rooms painted pink–there is a connection between color and emotion/aggression. and i don’t want my kids’ school to be a social psychology experiment, ya know?

    have extra hot fudge for me this weekend, L.


  13. Kate @ Travelmoon said,

    Too cool! I think this place is amazing!

  14. Enja Lou said,

    Too much of orange,this is already hurting my poor eyes..

    Orange juice anyone?

    Fool <3

  15. designchic said,

    Now that’s a lot of orange…glad it’s all the rage right now!! Hope you have a great weekend ~

  16. Lilia@Intrigue and Inspire said,

    I liked some of the views of the building and touches like the coat hangers. The color was bright but it seemed to be contained to the non-classroom areas. I do wish they would have picked more colors.

  17. Sherri @ Inside Out Design said,

    Hi Luciane! I think it is a great design and I love the concept. Some of the orange feels overstimulating and blinding to me! It seemed to work with the snow (warmed it up) but other than that I don’t get the point. A softer color would have been better in my opinion. Have a great relaxing and ice-cream eating weekend!!!


    Hi Lucieane Fabulous combinations ,fantasy from the outside ,functional in the classrooms and great fun on the connecting spaces .Its wasnt a tangerine orenge anyway so the various shades of Siena are comforting ,happy and natural .Im surprised by some of the comments ,take a trip to any Italain city ,village ,town ITS SIENA EVERYWHERE floor to ceiling any sunset is full of shades of orange as are flames all natural and wonderful I look out on a sea of terracotta every day and its wonderful LUCKY chilren AND against a blue sky its divine enjoy the weekend Love fay xx

  19. Rachel H said,

    I like it! I wish there was more artwork on the walls throughout to make it more personal for the kids, but the orange is nice!

  20. Kristin said,

    Dear friend, I happen to love orange so I think this is really nice. But maybe a little too much some places though! Your comments on my photos always make me so happy! Thank you!!! Hope you’re having a marvellous weekend with lots of ice cream! I had some yesterday! We went to an Italian restaurant in Oslo and I had chocolate fondant and vanilla ice cream as dessert. OOooh, my favourite! So good!

    Big hug, Kristin

  21. Splendid Sass said,

    Just wanted to let you know that I am passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to you!

  22. Under Spanish Moss said,

    I like orange in moderation. Some of the areas, with the accents of orange is a cool touch for a child’s space. However, they went a wee bit overboard. Have a great weekend!

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