– Design for a Primary School
PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MADRID.This primary school offers education to 200 children between 3-10 years old (50 between 3-5, 100 between 5-7, and 50 between 7-10); and it is located on a irregular site in the north of Madrid. The school is divided into 10 classrooms and 4 areas: 3 outdoor playing fields (one for each age) and the adminitration building. The aim throughout was to create all the different areas and funtions only repeating the most important part of the school: the classroom, which is organised in two different spaces: The first one (measuring 8mx6m), a single-height space, is specific for teaching and is conceived as a lofty and flexible place, completly useful for all the ages, from 3 to 10. A modular system of windows provides natural light and views to the children according to their ages. Therefore a 4 years old boy would have his own-mesured window in order to look outside. Beside the teaching room, a double-height entrance hall (measuring 4mx6m) completes the classroom. It is a hall, specific for playing, that mediates between the outdoor playing fields and the teaching space and it is capped with translucent ETFE pillows. These provide generous amounts of filteres daylight into the hall space.All the entrance halls of the classrooms offer direct access to the different size outdoor playing fields. The one for 3-5 children is the smallest one and is located at the end of the site, the one for 5-7 is as big as the one for 7-10, which is located beside the administration building, and all they are indepents. Only when you are 10, you can play on the 10 years old playing field. The heart of the scheme is the children’s growth. They are growing up at the same time that they are learling. The concrete frame, comprising simple repetitive elements, encourages an economical and rapid construction. The whole building uses simple, durable, low maintenance materials to achieve elegant results. The building has a strength of its own.