Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Docet Institute in Monterrey, Mexico by Stación-ARquitectura Arquitectos
January 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Stación-ARquitectura Arquitectos
The building is located on a main road traffic flow and in a corner with a secondary road. The project was always looking to give space to the city in front of the land, which would create a garden of vehicular access to allow also leaving the children to the door of the building that would function like a platform. Also taking advantage of the corner of the land provided the first impression of the building is generated through the front garden, which hides the built volume that is only seen in parts giving priority and hierarchy to the existing trees.
The building is placed on the remaining land so bound to generate a completely private courtyard garden.
The ideology of the Institute is closely linked with respect for nature and the environment, so the design must comply with these premises. What was sought was then designed according to the existing vegetation in order to harmonize with the context, opening big voids to make contact with trees and green outdoor areas from almost any area of the building.
The building contains a bay of services both on ground floor and upstairs facilities concentrating and releasing most of the interior space giving the flexibility to be changing activities on the two levels. There is a double height space which is the multi-purpose hall that is the heart of the building, which has a direct relationship with the garden and this in turn has direct relationship with the two floors, on the second floor you have the control of the whole space is always in order to be able to have direct contact both the director and the parent in order to monitor the activities undertaken by teachers with children.
An important point in the project was to generate the inclusion of users in the space, which in different parts of the building are located windows and transparent surfaces that visually connect the user with various activities. In every classroom there is a floor to ceiling window in order to have a relationship between classroom and classroom and between classroom and outside, promoting safety awareness in children and that there are perhaps other classrooms with children with varying age within the building, which promotes coexistence and respect for other groups, creating a single community. A corridor connects all the classrooms with the common area of the building. As you walk down this hall you can have eye contact with students, this for the benefit of both the school principal and teachers, to parents, as they may see their child performance during their activities. In the multipurpose room, it creates a living space where you can invite parents to participate in various activities with their children to make and hold meetings, meetings and lunches being this space directly related with the kitchen.
As a principle of sustainability is sought to allow all adult trees and they generate great benefits to the building providing shade throughout the day as well as generating a fresh atmosphere and clean air. The orientation of the building is very important as it is oriented so that the inner garden filters natural light into the spaces. Due to budget the project theme is built with simple materials, economic and highly industrialized in the town, seeking to promote both the local workforce (blacksmithing, carpentry, and industrial materials) as the production and use of cheap materials. It was decided to make a structure of steel frame, metal deck slabs and collaborating on concrete and concrete block walls stopper.
As the exterior finish was implemented a ventilated faÃ§ade, using sheets made of corrugated steel and perforated that are placed in the upper part around the building. This faÃ§ade is separated from the walls with a sub-assembly to generate air movement and ventilation between the coating and the wall and also to provide shade to the wall and protection for the solar incidence. Avoid heating of the exterior walls is important because the extreme climate of the city of Monterrey. To achieve this coating of the facade was found a small local company that was drilling machinery to produce parts for automotive and metal industries, mechanical, seeing the potential that these processes of productions parts for Architecture we decided to make tests with their equipment for the manufacture of perforated sheets for the coating of the facade. At the start of the project developers had questions about the use of this element, however gradually accepted the proposal, which became a topic of identity in the perception of the building itself.
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