Europa Faculty / PALENZVELA. Taller de Arquitectura
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The brand new college “Europa” in Almería is an extension of a really prestigious college. The thought is to liberate house within the authentic constructing which was a P.U.A. (Plan de Urgencias de Andalucía for extremely popular instructional facilities within the 70s, characterised by its rhomboidal flooring plan) and thus separate main training within the authentic constructing and toddler training on this new extension.
Subsequently, the brand new building is located inside the leisure areas and courtyards of the middle, interacting with its pre-existing components, together with a small classroom constructing composed of two school rooms and the preserved bushes built-in into the structure. The intervention is carried out with volumetric compactness and cost-effectiveness, responding to a demanding program of makes use of and funds constraints. Areas are organized round a central axis, a hall that, like a backbone, connects the lecture rooms in two opposing orientations, giving the constructing two distinct profiles. The southwest orientation is marked by a big lintel designed to guard the lecture rooms from extreme direct daylight, unifying and emphasizing the general horizontal side. In distinction, the northeast orientation adopts a comb-like configuration, the place the lecture rooms face south by means of the composition of preschool courtyards outlined by the central backbone. The classroom areas are open-plan and at all times linked utilizing fenêtre en longueur openings dealing with solely south, with photo voltaic safety utilizing adjustable louvers and sunshades. The circulatory axis supplies visible and lighting continuity with the lecture rooms utilizing giant, steady upper-glazed strips. The axis or backbone acquires ceramic materiality, utilizing a tiling of glazed tiles of small format 15×15 cms in turquoise tones, in a transparent allusion to the maritime reference of Almeria.
The areas designated for school rooms are open and at all times interconnected by means of openings resembling Le Corbusier’s fenêtre en longueur, oriented solely in the direction of the south, with photo voltaic safety supplied by adjustable louvers and overhangs. The circulation axis permits visible and light-weight continuity inside the school rooms by means of giant and steady upper-glazed strips. The axis or backbone takes on ceramic materiality, utilizing glazed tile cladding in a small 15×15 cm format in turquoise tones, a transparent reference to the maritime character of Almería. This materiality can be evident on the outside, the place the communication part differs from the lecture rooms. A silver colour palette is adopted for the lecture rooms, making a gentler reflection of the robust and heat Almerian daylight, in distinction to the colourful and quasi-aquatic notion of daylight passing by means of the ceramic louvers of the central backbone. The outside look will likely be characterised by the austerity and sobriety of the volumes forming the lecture rooms, that are executed in an unpainted plaster, of their authentic colour with stone and earthy tones, labored in varied textures, some easy and others tough. The execution of those surfaces recollects the artisanal custom of native Mediterranean plasters, adopting fan or striped buildings to impart a sure brutalist expressiveness to the blind facades, linking with the aridity and harshness of the encompassing semi-desert panorama.