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.
Blouberg International School in Cape Town, South Africa by PLUSARQUITECTURA (Sergio Aguilar) & Luis Mira, architects
April 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: PLUSARQUITECTURA (Sergio Aguilar) & Luis Mira, architects
The Junior School building corresponds to the Phase 1 of the Blouberg International School in Cape Town. The site is located into a residential area towards the north side of the city centre, where the climate transits from the lush and rainy part of the city towards the drier Atlantic ocean’s west coast.
The neighbourhood, mainly mid to low suburban density, is subject to strict design guidelines from the developers and the authorities, these affecting from the bulk and coverage of the building to the actual colours allowed to be used. The Junior School building is projected next to the road in a single story to relate unobtrusively to the residential character and scale of the surroundings.
The building remains autonomous, in its use, from the rest of the school layout and future development plan. The spaces are defined around a central courtyard protected from the wind and shaded by trees, under a straight forward and simple equation, where the two lateral wings holding the classrooms are ‘bridged’ by the multipurpose room. This room opens up and flows directly towards the courtyard.
The inner call and order of the project is based on the sequence created by the central courtyard, the covered walkway and the classrooms. The courtyard holds the expansion of the interior spaces. The covered walkway provides shelter protecting from the rain and sun, as well as creating an intermediate space that finally becomes a living façade.
The classrooms receive the natural light and ventilation from the butterfly section of the roof shape, which allows for side openings and cross ventilation, as well as controlled sun radiation.
The exterior facades with quiet colours contrast with the inside bright colours of the courtyard, where colourful windows float over a wave arround the pirate playground, in a joyfull way to reflect the coastal living of the city.