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House for Children at the 104

Opening in 2009 the house for children is a place for children aged from 0 to 5 years accompanied by a responsible adult. It is a place for listening, speaking, meeting, socialising and creating for very young people, using art and play. It works in the same way as the «Maisons Vertes» (Green Houses) for parents and children, introduced by Françoise Dolto, and offers support in the acquisition of mothering and early learning skills. It is staffed by a team of experts sensitive to the cultural differences that favour exchanges between families of different ethnic origins.

The house for children is ostensibly an art centre, in which the designs and scenes were produced by artist Matali Crasset. The house for children is home to works of art commissioned specifically from artists and designers for use in this location: plastic designs, furniture, toys, art books etc., and creations that will be required to change as relations between children and artists change. The little ones are therefore brought into contact with works of art.

The whole place encourages discovery and creativity, and offers original opportunities for very young children to express themselves. The house for children also has a programme of events and art workshops for the very young. It is located in the newly opened 104 in Paris, at the South end of the Curial Hall, in the extension of the restaurant. It occupies a rectangular area of 9.5 x 14 metres running North to South; its total floor area is 133 m² (1,436 sq. feet), and it looks out over a landscaped courtyard. 
NOÉMIE SCHWALLER


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