The materials house

Commissioned by
  • Academic inspection of Loire
  • Baptiste Menu
  • Gabriel Mercier

The materials house can be used to teach a wide variety of subjects: recycling, tidying up, hygiene, the environment, housing, etc. The house serves as a starting point for talking about everyday objects and their uses and purposes. It also helps raise awareness about waste sorting and recovering materials for reuse.

The materials library greets children and their parents at the entrance to the school. Together, they drop off carefully selected everyday objects to prevent them from being thrown away.

Everyone can take part in ongoing projects by bringing in the materials required for classroom arts activities.

A little window shows what is inside each drawer. In addition, labels on the outside of the library

provide detailed information on the objects to collect. Images, descriptions or a colour schemeguide the children on how to sort the materials.

In class, the drawers filled with sorted shapes are provided to children during activities on relevanttopics. The materials become an avenue for expression and dialogue.

Non recherche-action plateforme socialdesign
Cadre budgétaire
  • 7000 € : constructions of two prototypes of materials library and 70 hours guidance of children activities
Project duration
  • 6 months
  • Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France
  • Pre-school Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Éluard, Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France