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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.

Schools in San Juan Cotzal, Guatemala by SOLIS COLOMER Y ASOCIADOS ARQUITECTURA

 
July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SOLIS COLOMER Y ASOCIADOS ARQUITECTURA

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Type:  Educational, cultural.
Between 1982 and 1983 and with the excuse of collaboration with the communist guerrillas, the government of General Rios Montt exterminated 1,771Ixiles that belonged to one of the smallest Mayan ethnic group, a group that still exists in our country, Guatemala.  This ethnic group, The Ixiles, is located in what is known as “The Ixil Triangle”, between Nebaj, San Juan Cotzal and Chajul, a geographic area in which will be installed 7 new schools, as part of a grant from the International Cooperation Agency of Korea (KOICA).
Chenla:
San Felipe Chenla, Quiché.
N 15°26’37.8”, W 91°00’41.3”
Construction:  900 mts2

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Each of these new schools is inserted into an existingeducational equipment, which do not have a decent facilities to carry out its various functions. This makes that the new facilities in an axis that integrates the old facilities with the new educational complex. The Quiché area is characteristic for possessing a Mayan cultural legacy, which is readable in its inhabitants for the tissues used in dressing, the huipil, which have a characteristic color that varies depending on the geographic area where the inhabitant precedence. Similarly, the highland topography has unique characteristics which can be seen in the various natural profiles that are formed as the Cuchumatanes develops from north to south throughout Guatemala.

Tucoral:

Tucoral, Quiché.
N 15°26’03.5”, W 91°02’18.9”
Construction: 974 mts2

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These features were the starting point of the 7 schools, which seeks an architectural composition with three different languages: the tectonics, the huipil and the topography. The basic building construction is summarized in several vertical planes of exposed concrete modulated constant distant, which define the space in which the different modules classrooms are contained. The choice of materials and construction system responded to the speed of construction requirements and the relationship that a material like concrete can have with the context of Quiché: a construction in cold appearance would seem an anomaly with the green

Tzicuxmaj:  

Tzicuxmaj, San Juan Cotzal, Quiché.
N 15°26’07.8”, W 91°01’47.0”
Construction:  920 mts2

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Pamaxan:

Pamaxan, San Juan Cotzal, Quiché.
N 15°27’15.9”, W 90°53’08.4”

Tixelap: 

Tixelap, San Juan Cotzal, Quiché.
N 15°26’20.4”, W 91°01’44.2”

Cajixay: 

Cajixay, San Juan Cotzal, Quiché.
N 15°23’48.4”, W 90°58’32.6”

Xobalpe: 

Xobalpe, San Juan Cotzal, Quiché.
N 15°24’18.5”, W 91°01’09.8”

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