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Escuela Josefina Gana de Johnson and Escuela Básica Miguel Cruchaga Tocornal, Comuna de Puente Alto, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile

Exemplary design categories: outdoor spaces

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
School Josefina Gana de Johnson (for girls) and Miguel Cruchaga (for boys) are twin buildings located on the same campus. The objective of the project was to create an inclusive open campus with areas for circulation, small yards and streets where students can meet and share with their teachers, and which are open to the needs of the education community and their families. The idea of open spaces is central to the school’s philosophy because the schools are surrounded by a rural landscape and an open horizon - and there is no student selection: all can be accepted. In turn, classrooms are large, well illuminated and well ventilated.

The original infrastructure dates from the 1940s. The new infrastructure has 3 floors - the lower floors are for first and second year students, the second floor for students in grades 3 to 5, and the third floor from 6th to 8th grade- , with a dynamic and asymmetric looking volume that is original and contemporary. Each building includes classrooms, sports zones and large areas for recreation. At the centre of each building, there is a courtyard and square with different levels and ramps that lead to an arbor structure on the roof, which provides movement and lightness. The idea was to provide students with many paths around the school to view and discover the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
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Activity Areas: Each building contains classrooms, sport areas and large areas for recreation.

Project costs: CLP 924,500.00

Source: Submitted to OECD for "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011" in 2010

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User perspectives (2)

“We value the fact that all children are accepted here and there is no prejudices against those of us who are unemployed or don’t have a house of our own”.
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“As a teacher I do think this new infrastructure has helped students to develop integrally and be able to do innovative activities, and this enhances the teaching-learning process”.
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Building plan (Registration required)
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Credit: Alicia Ross, Cristián Undurraga y Ana Luisa Devés
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Credit: Alicia Ross, Cristián Undurraga y Ana Luisa Devés
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Credit: Alicia Ross, Cristián Undurraga y Ana Luisa Devés