The site belongs to the partial Plan “Los Cachimanes” in the town of Roldán (Torre-Pacheco). This is a residential complex in the outskirts of the town, including some public schools.
The site poses some initial slopes. It was necessary to take into account the possibility of fillers in different areas of the site, to create a topography as horizontal as possible.
The morphology of the site allows us to develop the whole school in one level. The limit of the school is the building itself, creating a vacuum inside, bounded to serve as a playground for children, isolation from the madding crowd.
The school generate tensions, breaks the monotony and gives it expression, completely wrapped in a green carpet of artificial turf, creating a changing, distinctive and rich shape.
From exterior to interior spaces of games set in range of different treatments as the most private public by a way of filters.
The playground is the child’s inner world, structured through the different “fingers”, as a step to generate various entrances and shade areas, understood as a continuation of the school itself.
Decisions have been a continuous flow under the principle “Wu Wei” of “no action”, and the school grows as naturally as the sun rises. The result is a green living organ, which provides context for children to develop their abilities and enjoy, in a green frame in contact with Mother Nature.
This work supports our human architectural philosophy of build over the fact that in the experience of architecture, beyond “the wise play of sloping-green-volumes under the light”, you hear the echo of children playing. And that echo feeds and gratified us, feeling once again that through the architecture we create healthy environments for life.
GROUND FLOOR – FINGERS
CLASSROOM TYPE 1 (ELEMENTARY)
CLASSROOM TYPE 2 (NURSERY)
Location: “Los Cachimanes” – Roldán (Cartagena, Murcia. Spain)
Function: Nursery – Elementary School
Site area: 16.250,09 m2
Building area: 3.343,00 m2
Total Floor Area: 3.343,00 m2
Structure (materials): Reinforced concrete
Finish (exterior & interior): Artificial grass (exterior) – Plasterboard / Chalkboard painting (interior)
Photographer: David Frutos
Competition: November – 2008
Project: March – 2009
Completed date: September – 2010
Design participation: HUMA – Alberto Amorós Martínez & José Amorós Martínez – architects
Eduardo José Barceló García (architect – project manager)
Antonio Sánchez Casas & Alberto Sánchez Casas – Bucarest 54 (engineering)
Client: “Torre Pacheco” Town Hall
Interior Design: Huma
Landscape Design: Huma
Structural engineer: Huma
Constructional engineer: Huma + FIELSAN
Supervision: Huma + Antonio Roca Sánchez (quantity surveyor)