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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.

Pies Descalzos School in Cartagena, Colombia by Giancarlo Mazzanti

 
September 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Giancarlo Mazzanti

This school, designed for Pies Descalzos Foundation is located on the top of Loma delPeye Mountain within the city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. More than an educational building, the project seeks to provoke the consolidation of the neighborhood and improve the life of residents by generating alternatives for personal and community development as well as an environmental transformation of the area. The project has already become an architectural and urban landmark and an object of pride for the community.

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Project: Pies Descalzos School
  • Location: Cartagena, Colombia
  • Software used: Sketchup, autocad, rhino, revit
  • PROJECT MANAGER: JUAN ANDRES LEMUS
  • BASIC TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS: STUDY OF GEOTECHNICAL SOIL and AICO LTDA, Alvaro Covo And Gilliam Barboza
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: NICOLAS PARRA
  • NICOLAS PARRA: MU MU AND ASSOCIATES AND ASSOCIATES
  • ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: CIA ADOLFO ICS FOX

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

The design of the building is based on a sequence of three intersected hexagons. Each hexagon defines a two level perimeter with a central patio. The hexagon contours define a perimeter circulation and contain the school’s program. On the other hand, the covered patios have a variety of trees and plant species that create a micro-weather, giving each a specific character and disposition for different activities to take place. The vegetation selected will also attract the presence of native animals, encouraging the development of an ecological education. The architecture is a space of belonging, light and calm.

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

The building adapts to the geography of the place by creating a level sequence that permits the full use of the area. The preschool area is independent from the rest of the building and functions in one level. The library also functions on the first floor as it needs special conditions of access as well as more direct and public access from the street. The middle and high school areas are located in two bigger hexagons. Levels are connected vertically by a central ramp and stairs. The elements that come out from the building are special classrooms (science labs) that have big windows to provide a visual connection to the city. Additionally, the school has a multiple use hall, with sport services opened to an access plaza.

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

Image Courtesy © Giancarlo Mazzanti

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