Liceo Aldea Educativa Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile
Exemplary design categories: cultural and historical value, furniture, outdoor spacesHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Respect for Rapa Nui culture is reflected in the design and ethos of this school: the classroom block is suggestive of the shape and arrangements of moais, the famous monolithic human figures that are set on stone platforms around the island’s coastline; and the shape and position of the courtyard references ritual places on the island, including Orongo, a historic stone village and ceremonial centre on the island. With its clean white façade and ovoid shape, the computer room is the most distinctive building on the campus. It is a meeting point and a symbolic “cradle of wisdom”. Its shape evokes that of the egg of the manutura bird (the Polynesian name for the Sooty Tern). One of the missions of the school is to encourage the wider participation of the community in education and to provide a meeting place outside school hours.
Activity Areas: courtyard; classrooms; computer room
Project costs: USD 1,000,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011" (OECD, 2011)