kindergarten in La Chana. Granada

project report

Place, program and construction determine the form of this kindergarten. The objectives are to make a functional building facing the right side, opening the classrooms and the large patio to the south, and doing so in rapid, rational way.

Straightforward geometry was used to facilitate access, all on one level. The entire building program is resolved under a roof of three continuous strips separated by patios. The building is enclosed with high white wall that protects the children and their play from the view and noise of the street and the nearby railroad crossing. The entryway is angled so that the exit is tangential to the street.

There are two entries, one for the children and parents, and the other for supplies, the service zone and kitchen. All the classrooms for children from one to three years open onto a patio of over 600 meters which is a safe zone in case of evacuation. This rational distribution is adapted to a modular structure that optimizes the use of steel. It is the search for light and a large playground for children.

Facilitating construction, minimizing details and meeting all the specific demands of the program while avoiding singularities, with a minimum number of elements. This was the way of establishing the building criteria, rules of construction logic that lead the process and minimized on-the-job errors.

The program consisted of a kindergarten with seven units: 2 for 0-1 years, 2 for 1-2 years and 3 for 2-3 years, for a total of 102 children. Each unit required a classroom with its corresponding bathrooms that could be shared by two classrooms, an administration area, a bathroom for the handicapped, a multipurpose space and a service area with a scullery, pantry, garbage room, laundry room, cleaning closet, equipment room and dressing rooms for the personnel. This is complemented with a porch area at the entrance and a playground to the south, with a vegetable garden.

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El Dominical nº469, Madrid, 2011
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Via construcción, 86. Barcelona 2010