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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

IES Garrotxa in Olot, Girona by SVArquitectura

June 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SVArquitectura

The general object is the refurbishment and extension of the Secondary School ‘Garrotxa’ and its department for job-training enclosing new units of classrooms and workshops for training courses. Finally a new sports hall with multipurpose-character for social events completes the complex.

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  • Architects: SVArquitectura
  • Project: Secondary School, Vocational Training Center ‘IES Garrotxa’
  • Location: Highway Riudaura, no. 110, Olot, La Garrotxa. Girona
  • Department or agency encarrega the project: INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT SA
  • Department or agency receiving the work: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION The Government of Catalonia
  • Owner of the land or building: CITY OF OLOT
  • Execution: 2007 – 2009
  • Author: SANTIAGO VIVES Sanfeliu

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  • Construction Company: COEMPCO
  • Calculation of structure: MANUEL Arguijo AND ASSOCIATES, SL
  • Calculation of facilities: PROISOTEC S.L.P.
  • Direction of performance: C.B.A SL / SL Etres
  • Economic control: Esteve i López Sitjà
  • The surface of parcel: 23,108.24 m2
  • Built area: 12,803.04 m2
  • PEC: € 13,359,804.22

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– 1st Prize d’architecture de Girona them Comarques 2010 –

– Architectures dels equipaments Públics in Catalonia 2000-2010. Generalitat de Catalunya.
– Reuters, July 31, 2010

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The initial proposal includes the demolition and in some cases, the relocation of the workshops, prefabricated buildings and original greenhouses to simplify the processes of construction and re-organization.

Finally the construction of a two-storey building, transversal to the arrangement of the original pavilions enabled the definition of a new axis of access and circulation for the whole complex of old and new buildings. This solution resolved all requirements of accessibility and connectivity between the buildings. The transversal building contains mainly multipurpose classrooms and common services like the central dining room.

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On the north side of the transversal building a total of 6 workshop-pavilions and the sport shall connect like fingers to it. These buildings of varying heights define among them a grid of courtyards that provide the interior spaces with natural illumination and ventilation.

Close to the new entrance and intimately linked to the garden, you find the new service kitchen, cafeteria and dining room. You also get direct access to the future gym and its locker rooms permitting the independent use of it while the school is closed.

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The classrooms of the secondary school are entirely distributed in the existing buildings on the south side of the transversal building. They are also oriented perpendicular to the new transversal building permitting again the integration into the main circulation through a comprehensive grid of pathways along green patios and buildings, always sheltered by pergolas. Only one of the existing buildings has to be completely replaced and another completely new bloc will define the south border of the complex.

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The general construction concept was raised by a dichotomy between the ground floor and the upper floor. Thus the ground floor is understood as the basis with a structure of reinforced concrete slab while the first floor shows a light metal construction with cantilevered metal-roofs which provide shelter to façades and exterior circulation areas.

The buildings show widely a skin of U-glass-profiles, which are installed as a double shell with a core of translucent thermal insulation. Combined with transparent glazing in aluminum frames this skin provides excellent interior space conditions and a remarkable reduction of the costs for artificial lighting.

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The opaque parts of the facades consist in walls of concrete blocks, covered with thermal insulation and boards of pine-wood. The wooden façades are protected for exterior use with water-based black varnish.

The divisions of the interior space are built with gypsum fiber board panels and steel structures. The interior carpentry is made of painted wood.

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