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.
Universitary College, Extremadura University, Badajoz 1980 in Spain by Arquitectos Ayala
May 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Arquitectos Ayala
I used to live in a college for so many years. There the students were distributed in sunny rooms or darkness rooms. Due to I never got the needed status and college prestige, I could never be moved to the sunny rooms. It seemed that students from these sunny rooms were happier and with better color as we used to have painful look.
These wishes of past reivindications, joined with other my experiences, motivated me to put all my best on this tender and build a college where I could live.The program was ambitious and it planned a mist college with dining-room, bar, assembly-room, chapel, sport areas, etc. We extended this program with show-rooms, music-room, library and drawing-rooms.
The first thought was to isolate these culture areas, reducing the ground and placing them to 3 m under the road level, in order to be isolated from the noisy areas. On this way, the chapel, the assembly-room, the library and the showroom were buried from the entry level and would be opened to big interior landscapes, or to big, english and quiet courts.
From this level -3m to the 0 level, the ending site, the ground was banked by every 50 cm, placing the main access on an intermediate level and increasing it with the bar, playing-room, dining-room… to arrive to the sport courts and the swimming pool. All these spaces that face to the garden have awning courts for breakfast, reading or relaxing.
Mainly, is an opened space where it is found the shadow that wants. A water sheet, cypresses, other trees, a grass carpet and of course and olive tree. In summer if it is wanted, it is possible to go shoeless across, from one building to another, to the swimming pool.
The rooms are small buildings of 30 rooms, and in every floor these are six single and two double rooms. Total 180. In every floor there is a small kitchen for not going always to the dining room and cleaning room, with a hole that, vertically, goes along the block to the corridors. There, they have been communicated by some laundry trolleys, located at the end under the kitchen and services.
The corridors join the blocks, but overcoat they shelter the viewed tubes from the whole centralized installations just in the middle of the plot.In every block the rooms are orientated to the south and to the west, and in the north area, there is a room for studying, on the first floor, and other one on the third floor, separated by an intermediated terrace opened on the second floor.
They were separated by affinities: students-artists block, scientific block, learned block. In 30 by 30 and joined at the common areas.Was built a college? Were they students apartments? A cultural centre for the city and university? It is a place to have meetings, for reflection and studying, by mainly for living.
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