Timayui Kindergarten / Giancarlo Mazzanti

© Jorge Gamboa

Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: ,
Design Team: Susana Somoza, Andres Sarmiento, Nestor Gualteros, Oscar Cano, Lucia Largo
Structural Engineer: Nicolas Parva
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jorge Gamboa

Starting from the special understanding of Malaguzzi Loris pedagogical philosophy, was born the idea of creating an element that suggests 3 interrelated centralities, and which cause a range of situations and experiences among children, teachers and family.
Moreover, in pragmatic terms there is a need to generate progressive growth for future linkage more children to the Center, is thought to employ a modular system (based on the 3 centers) which can be added modules depending on the needs and expansion possibilities in terms of available area.

© Jorge Gamboa

Following the morphology of the site, a chain system is created, based on a module type that holds the architectural program requirements and spatially follows the education center. Therefore creating meeting places for the free entertainment that involves learning.

Site Plan
© Jorge Gamboa

The module type is characterized as a flexible and neutral space that allows the development of multiple activities within it. It relates with the nearest external surroundings [indoor and outdoor yard] allowing a close relationship among all children and teachers.


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Cite: "Timayui Kindergarten / Giancarlo Mazzanti" 25 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=201977>
  • aaron

    without the second level, the height of the roof seems quite extreme, regardless of its performance.

  • toba

    Muy bien Giancarlo!!!!! Buen proyecto como siempre.

  • mc

    At the beginning I thought, “..oh a Kindergarten for wealthy kids of course..”. But after seeing the context pics I realize is not like that. I wonder if the client was the state or any local government. I wish in my country (Chile) state spend their money in initiatives like this one, good architecture projects for everyone at any place, instead of being worried about how budgets and quantity. Social benefits are priceless.

  • joe

    In a very good and educated way it reminds me of the Girls School by Hans Scharoun.