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Nueva Esperanza School / al bordE

  • 01:00 - 7 January, 2010
Nueva Esperanza School / al bordE
Nueva Esperanza School / al bordE, © Esteban Cadena
© Esteban Cadena

© Esteban Cadena © Esteban Cadena © Esteban Cadena © Esteban Cadena +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Cabuyal, Manabí, Ecuador
  • Architects

    David Barragán & Pascual Gangotena
  • Collaborators

    Xavier Mera, José Antonio Vivanco y Estefanía Jácome
  • Client

    Felipe Gangotena, The Teacher
  • Contractor

    al bordE arquitectos, Pascual Gangotena, volunteers and the community of El Cabuyal
  • Area

    36.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

“For all of we, who belong to the Puerto Cabuyal Community, it´s been a cause of pride to have our new school. Our community is located on the beach, on the field, in a far away site, been fishing and agriculture the basis of our daily meals. Until 4 years ago there was no school in the community and because of that, most of its inhabitants were illiterate. We began with our school in a small cottage, but as the time passed, the space was got smaller because of the number of children, that’s why we undertook the construction of a new place”.

The Teacher

© Esteban Cadena
© Esteban Cadena

Most of the schools near the area are made of concrete, with a rectangular shape, with window bars that make it look more like a jail than a school, and the level of defection is very high. That is the reason why the project is looking for solving not only immediate problems but generate long-term solutions.

It was extremely necessary to design the space according to the principles of an active school. The project must be intimately closed with the natural environment nearby. A space were kids can wake up their imagination, their creativity, their desire of learning new things, and not an space were kids feel repressed.

© Esteban Cadena
© Esteban Cadena

The project uses the same materials and building patterns the community has been using for building for years. A timber basis above the foundation piles, bamboo walls, wood structure and a roof made of knitted straw scarf or “cade”. The difference lies in the conception and conceptualization of the space. A place for education that encourages learning through action.

© Esteban Cadena
© Esteban Cadena

“A huge change in the children´s learning process has been made since the very beginnings of the school. The action of opening the entrance door is a physics lesson. The space is generous in every way, which is why the kids feel freer finding each one their own place in which they are going to develop their activities. The model and the structure transmit a freshness and imaginative environment that has favored the development of artistic and academic activities through the lessons that gives the best teacher ever, nature”

The Teacher

Now, the children and their parents are proud of their school. Proud of the change that this school has made, been a motif of union and self-esteem for the whole community. When people from outside admire it, when they see it and know it.

© Esteban Cadena
© Esteban Cadena

“In our Fisher community, It´s the prettiest thing, having a school with a boat shape in where every day, kinds jump into it and get ready to sail and discover new worlds from their very own intern world full of abilities and potentialities. In where children learn science and technology, valuing the life of the field as an starting point, through the lessons given by the best teacher of all, the nature”

The Teacher

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Nueva Esperanza School / al bordE" 07 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/45942/nueva-esperanza-school-al-borde/>
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31 Comments

VOGARQ · January 24, 2015

Good job. Seems like the new, original, creative architecture is coming from Ecuador, Mexico, and the likes. Felicidades, es un trabajo bastante original, creativo, y bella. Buen trabajo.

Lorenzo Pentassuglia · March 23, 2012

http://t.co/mlGOzDUH 200 #dollars for a #school? It&#39s possible, that&#39s Nueva Esperanza: http://t.co/sogOCzqu via @archifetish

Zero Quaranta · March 23, 2012

http://t.co/mlGOzDUH 200 #dollars for a #school? It&#39s possible, that&#39s Nueva Esperanza: http://t.co/sogOCzqu via @archifetish

EB · March 19, 2012

200 #dollars for a #school? It&#39s possible, that&#39s Nueva Esperanza: http://t.co/SHTQeq7w http://t.co/NU6luhJo

Lorenzo Pentassuglia · March 19, 2012

200 #dollars for a #school? It&#39s possible, that&#39s Nueva Esperanza: http://t.co/SHTQeq7w http://t.co/NU6luhJo

Architects for Peace · August 29, 2011

Nueva Esperanza School, Ecuador: "Our community is located on the beach, on the field, in a far away site, been... http://t.co/EcUShbV

????? · November 18, 2010
Nachelle Real · October 24, 2010

A school, not a jail. http://bit.ly/ahpRug

biaquim · October 21, 2010

Nueva Esperanza School / al bordE | ArchDaily http://t.co/MhQwzy4 via @archdaily

Elias Hanna · February 15, 2010

Architecture the way it should be. http://www.archdaily.com/45942...

Lin · January 24, 2010

thanks for all they do for the children

biseptoon · January 16, 2010

Budget of this school construction is cheap, but this building is more beautiful than all Dubai's projects.

biseptoon · January 16, 2010

Budget of this school construction is cheap, but this building is more beautiful than all Dubai's projects.

RFI · January 14, 2010

Not just beautiful in the architecture, more than that...

Nea'ma · January 12, 2010

I want to thank the TEACHER for his spirit "MAKING A DIFFERENCE", & I think they all succeeded in creating an effective, simple, dynamic & beautiful design

Great work
well done

jrg arq · January 11, 2010

muy bonito!

Susan Cohan · January 10, 2010

What a school should be. http://bit.ly/8rkh07 via Arch Daily

isla · January 09, 2010

this is what architecture should by about, not big renders, not big models, just pure and honest ideas.

Keep posting this quality of works AD, and please stop with the megarender crap.

poh · January 09, 2010

Architecture with a big brain (for its beautifully optimised structural design) and a bigger heart.

Nicholas Patten · January 09, 2010

Nueva Esperanza School. http://bit.ly/83pqg3

damirm. · January 08, 2010

superb.
'keep going' concept made beautiful learning space

Bianchini · January 08, 2010

Design like you give a damn!
Beautiful concept!

indra ?empe · January 08, 2010

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Luka · January 08, 2010

Very refreshing, and it looks beautiful

Cameron · January 08, 2010

Now this is refreshingly honest design in so many ways.
A new generation will be inspired by its sensitivity.

melorza · January 08, 2010

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atmadja · January 08, 2010

beautiful!!

ArchitecturePassion · January 08, 2010

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Amanda Macedo · January 08, 2010

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