Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Jardín Infantil Porvenir, Bogotá, Colombia

Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, cost efficiency, flexible learning settings, integrated services

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Starting from the special understanding of Malaguzzi Loris pedagogical philosophy, was born the idea of creating an element that suggests 3 interrelated centralities, and which cause a range of situations and experiences among children, teachers and family. Moreover, in pragmatic terms there is a need to generate progressive growth for future linkage more children to the Center, is thought to employ a modular system (based on the 3 centers) which can be added modules depending on the needs and expansion possibilities in terms of available area. Following the morphology of the site, a chain system is created, based on a module type that holds the architectural program requirements and spatially follows the education center. Therefore creating meeting places for the free entertainment that involves learning. The module type is characterized as a flexible and neutral space that allows the development of multiple activities within it. It relates with the nearest external surroundings [indoor and outdoor yard] allowing a close relationship among all children and teachers.

Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
The project seeks to build a model based on the combination of recognizable units (the tape, rotated module-class room (children), public use modules (adults)), whit the possibility of the production of a unique pieces system that can development a more complex organizational structure and adaptive than the sum of the parts (adapted).

Activity Areas: I-The tape which defines the edges of the project (public-private, adult-child), and produces the adaptation to different types of lands and lots forms, is an element able to assume the differences, is the system organizer. II- The rotated modules – class rooms (children), are planed like a chain construction, each module is related to the next, generates spaces in which produces diagonal sides and holes, that enrich the journey and the uses of school. Forming yards, streets, sub-spaces in the gardens and isolates wooded in the inside space, ideal for meetings of child groups. III-Use public Modules (adults), those are planed and act around the tape, turning around and adapting to the possible types of lots, allow itself to be used without entering the circle (tape) of the children, making of them open spaces. It defines the accesses. The tape: it delimits the public-private space, the space of adults and children respect and the yard. Use and Program: Circulation and thematic spaces (little house, exhibition spaces, corners, etc.) Type of user: adults and children. Is privately owned. Class room Modules: The class room system chain relates the inside of the tape and creates an intimate space between the class rooms and the tape. Use and program: In the class rooms are toddlers, pre kinder, kinder and maternal well as balls and education spaces. Type of User: Is a space for children and is private.

Project costs: USD 1,250,000.00

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