Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Escola Sant Martí, Barcelona, Spain

The Multi-facility Municipal Building in Sant Martí includes a Primary School, an Adult Education Centre and a two storey underground public car-park, in the neighborhood of Poblenou, in Barcelona. With three different activities working simultaneously, the goal of this building is to reactivate the surroundings and provide a long-time desired public building to the area. Since the beginning of the Sant Marti School project, the aim was to create an airey and spacious school, open and sensitive to the surroundings, but predominantly urban. Most of the spaces in the school are located on the ground floor and all the roofs become school playgrounds. Equal importance is placed on the voids and constructed (solid) areas. Consequently, it is possible to make better use of natural light, ventilation and views over the inner school spaces. The construction of two basement floors, dedicated to a public underground car-park, allowed us to think of the school as a very big roof and rethink this as the playground areas of the school. Taking this decision generates a variety of outdoor spaces, such as: patios on street level, porches (transition spaces) connected to these courtyards, large open spaces on the first floor and a space for an urban allotments on the top terrace of the main building. The positioning of the outdoor spaces organizes the indoor spaces according to the visual and physical relation with them.
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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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