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Escuela No. 330 de Tiempo Completo, Montevideo, Uruguay

Exemplary design categories: cost efficiency, flexible learning settings, furniture

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
This new school comprises a sports court, tree-lined terraces and patios, and an open amphitheatre. Classrooms are organised in four blocks, with three or four classrooms arranged over one or two levels, and large circulation spaces. These blocks are arranged around a central atrium space, which is the core of the school. Overlooked on three sides by the wide and open corridors on the upper floors, this space affords clear views out to the courtyard and school grounds through a glazed wall. It is used by students from different classes to work together on joint projects or to take part in workshops. It also serves as a recreation space at break times during cold and rainy days, and it can be used for physical education and school assemblies. Every classroom door has a distinct colour, and the rooms are fully equipped to meet the needs of the curriculum. Windows provide views into the classrooms from the wide circulation spaces. These provide room for informal or small group activities outside the classroom. The school has proved to be flexible enough to adapt seamlessly to the “one laptop per child” programme. The compact design has kept construction costs low, and yet allowed the inclusion of the large multipurpose space.

Activity Areas: This new school is situated in a northern suburb of Montevideo, characterised by low-rise residential homes, close to the Maronas racecourse.

Project costs: EUR 840,540.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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"I think it is almost unbelievable that this is a public school. We really like the use of colours, the chosen flooring, the floating ceiling and the sunscreens, and the use of light globes in the atrium, which are much prettier than standard fluorescent lights. The classrooms and the rest of the spaces are really close to each other."
Fifth-grade teacher, Escuala No 330 de Tiempo Completo

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