‘colegio reggio’: an assemblage of range for self-learning
Architect Andrés Jaque from Workplace for Political Innovation challenged the paradigms of academic areas with ‘Colegio Reggio,’ a brand new personal college in Madrid designed as an assemblage of various ‘worlds’ that ignite in kids a want for exploration and inquiry. ‘Avoiding homogenization and unified requirements, the college’s structure goals to grow to be a multiverse the place the layered complexity of the atmosphere turns into readable and experiential. It operates as an assemblage of various climates, ecosystems, architectural traditions, and laws,’ writes the architect.
Its vertical development begins with a floor ground engaged with the terrain, the place school rooms for youthful college students are positioned. Stacked on prime are intermediate courses that coexist with reclaimed water and soil tanks nourishing an indoor backyard reaching the uppermost ranges underneath a greenhouse construction. In the meantime, school rooms for older college students are organized round this interior backyard, like a small village. In keeping with Jaque, this distribution of makes use of implies an ongoing maturity course of that interprets into college students’ rising capability to discover the college ecosystem on their very own and with their friends.
all photos © José Hevia
The second ground, formalized as a big void opening by way of arches to the encircling ecosystems, capabilities because the central social plaza at ‘Colegio Reggio.’ Right here, the structure encourages academics and college students to take part at school authorities and to work together with the encircling landscapes and territories. This 464.5 sqm central space is over eight meters excessive and introduced as a cosmopolitical agora: a semi-enclosed house crisscrossed by the air tempered by the holm oak timber from the neighboring countryside. Right here, mundane actions like exercising coexist with discussions about how the college is run as a group and relate to the neighboring streams and fields.
Furthermore, inside that house, a community of ecologists and edaphologists designed small gardens to host and nurture communities of bugs, butterflies, birds, and bats. ‘In the end, this ground operates as a more-than-human summiting chamber the place college students and academics can sense and attune to the ecosystems they’re a part of,’ notes Andrés Jaque (see extra right here).
‘Colegio Reggio’ is a non-public college in Madrid
exposing mechanisms whereas decreasing footprint + consumption
As a substitute for the usual efforts of hiding mechanical methods, all companies listed below are saved seen, turning the flows that hold the constructing lively into a possibility for college students to interrogate how their our bodies and social interactions depend upon water, vitality, and air exchanges and circulations. Certainly, the constructing unapologetically permits pipes, conduits, wires, and grilles to grow to be a part of its visible and materials ecosystem.
Then again, within the Southern European context, the place sustainable high-tech options are solely obtainable to high-budgeted, company or state-promoted buildings, ‘Colegio Reggio’ develops a low-budget technique to cut back its environmental footprint based mostly on a number of design ideas. The primary one is choosing verticality to cut back land occupation. As an alternative of choosing a horizontal enlargement – as is the case for 90% of faculty designs – the personal college takes on a compact, vertical form, a choice that minimizes its footprint, optimizes the general want for foundations, and radically reduces its facade price.
The second precept focuses on radically decreasing development: no claddings, no drop ceilings, no raised technical flooring, no wall lining, and no ventilated facades used. Moreover, simply by changing a giant a part of development with easier methods or thermal insulation and mechanical methods distribution, the general quantity of fabric within the facades, roofs, and inside partitions has been decreased by 48%. ‘The consequence presents a unadorned constructing the place the non-edited visibility of its working parts defines its aesthetics,’ provides the architect.
a posh ecosystem that progresses vertically
The third intervention introduces cork wrapping as thermal isolation and assist for more-than-human life. Particularly, the structural crew coated 80% of the college envelope in 14.2 cm of projected 9,700 Kg/m3 dense cork. This pure answer, developed by the Workplace for Political Innovation, is fitted in vertical and pitched elements of the exterior quantity to offer a thermal isolation of R-23.52, double that of what Madrid’s laws require, decreasing consumed vitality when heating the college’s interiors by 50%. Past this, the cork’s irregular surfaces enable for natural materials to build up, ultimately turning the constructing enveloped right into a habitat for microbiological fungi, vegetal and animal life.
Lastly, in keeping with the second precept, the architect approached the mission with a ‘extra pondering, much less materials‘ mindset. Led by researcher and structural engineer Iago González Quelle, the crew has formed, analyzed, and dimensioned the construction in such a method as to cut back the thickness of loading partitions by greater than 150 mm, implying a 33% discount within the embedded vitality of the constructing’s construction.
cork-wrapping the multi-layered facades for thermal isolation and supporting more-than-human life
inviting a want to discover, interrogate, and self-educate
second ground, formalized with massive arches opening to the encircling ecosystems
a coloration mixture that nods to the multiverse complexity
the design strikes away from standard academic areas