Tecnológico de Iztapalapa, Iztapalapa, Mexico-City, Mexico
Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, multi-sensory environment, outdoor spacesHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Originally designed for students who are blind or visually impaired, the school now serves as a vocational education and training institution. The mix of open and closed spaces enable students to enjoy the outdoor as well as its plazas and patios. The school is organised around a series of one- and two-storey blocks built using local materials and creates attractive contrasts of shadow and light. External spaces enrich and enliven the complex: there are open patios between the blocks, and outdoor benches for students meeting outside class. The sloping site, which creates a natural fence around the school, and the garden creates a secure environment for students. Facilities such as swimming pools and theatres are relatively rare in publicly funded schools in Mexico, and not only add to college life but also provide an important community resource.
Activity Areas: workshops, classrooms, cafeteria, library, lobby, gym and sports hall, theatre, swimming pool, laboratories, machine room
Project costs: MXN 60,000,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"