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.
School House and kindergarten in Grono, Switzerland by Raphael Zuber Architekt
February 8th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Raphael Zuber Architekt
The building stands in the middle of a garden on a public square. The square is a uniformly sloping paved surface, planted with walnut trees and is the playground for the school. The garden is a circular crater, overgrown with a field of flowers, and is the outside play area for the kindergarten. The geometry of the garden and the level of the building are determined by a quadrate horizontal surface on which the building stands and by the two approaches.
A sloping ramp leads from the square to the kindergarten on the ground floor, a rising bridge on the opposite side of the building into the first floor containing public rooms. The classrooms are on the 2nd floor. The supporting structure consists of brown pigmented in-situ concrete and is divided with non-load bearing elements into discrete interior and exterior spaces.
The square structural slabs are carried by the facade, a circular wall segment around the stairs and the elevator core in the center of the building. The two entrance facades of the building brace the building in one direction, the circular wall segment in the other. The almost full height façade openings, geometrically identical quarter ellipses, form arches that are bent at 90 degrees.
Tied by means of prestressed cables, loads are transferred to central bearing points. Each floor is oriented in all directions. The additive joining of the fittings strengthens the physical presence of the concrete structure, blurring the separation of interior and exterior space. The fragmentary perception of the supporting structure within the building, in our memory, creates a direct link from each single space to a whole and its center.
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