The preschool of Aknaibich is only 1 classroom, nevertheless a holistic architectural design, incorporating community dynamics, bioclimatics and a new vernacular style.
Aknaibich is a town in transition: the eastern old town is made of earthen constructions, sinusoid roads and narrow alleys, while the western part exists of modern, plot-based concrete houses built by rural-urban emigrants. In need of educational infrastructure, Good planet foundation presided by French photographer Yann-Arthus Bertrand aims to install a preschool with bioclimatic functioning, as an extension to the existing concrete school building in the modern part of town.
The building designed as the new school building for the Toshin Satellite Preparatory School is a rental property in an area with a high concentration of girls’ schools, with our client, Matsuo Gakuin, occupying the building as a tenant. The building in question faces a bustling shopping street which also serves as a busy school route for students. The exterior of the building facing the shopping district is made entirely of glass. It was anticipated that the impression created by the interior design of the building, visible to students passing by the glass exterior, would have a positive impact on increasing student enrollment numbers.
As a follow-up of the master renovation plan for the Nuevo Continente School, campus Queretaro, comes the opportunity for this new exercise which corresponds to the pre-school building.
It is one of the key pieces for the school’s image, since it is not only the pre-school building, but it is the piece through which people enter the complex. It is also the direct contact with the city, taking full dialogue with the urban strip, which, though shy, is already present all the way to this side of the city.
In no Man’s Land, in an aggressive environment surrounded by heavy traffic, heavy industry, along a poor neighborhood on an old slag lies the plot of the school. There is a gap of almost four meters that will be used to protect the building from the noise of the highway A-92, providing adequate protection in addition to parents and students during the hours of entry and exit to the centre, keeping a safe distance from the busy roads surrounding the site.
This new building is a remarkable amenity in the city centre, visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.
The building is located on a main road traffic flow and in a corner with a secondary road. The project was always looking to give space to the city in front of the land, which would create a garden of vehicular access to allow also leaving the children to the door of the building that would function like a platform. Also taking advantage of the corner of the land provided the first impression of the building is generated through the front garden, which hides the built volume that is only seen in parts giving priority and hierarchy to the existing trees.