Architects: Pablo Ribera Pons & Joseán Vilar Pons
Location: C/ Morera 5, urb Lloma de la Verge, Picassent (Valencia), Spain
Collaborators: Uno Uno arquitectos
Promotor: Escola les Carolines S.Coop.V.
Project Date: August 2006 – September 2008
Construction Area: 1,711 m2
Photography: Fernando Alda
The cooperative Escola Les Carollines needs to grow so they decide to create a new building to hold the playground and a new dinning room for the entire school. The construction must be placed in a 2,900 m2 parcel that has been used as a garden. Its complex geometry has to solve a program that would fill up it’s entire surface. In order to maximize the free space, uses must be superposed, which means a conflict with child’s mobility.
It´s proposed a building that coils up in the parcel adopting a spiral shape that solves the connection between levels, making the most of the natural slope of the land to stay semi-buried.
This operation gives us the possibility to use the roof as a garden and a part of the schoolyard as well. The spiral born in the ground, turns defining a patio, and keeps on rising until it becomes a belvedere projected towards the landscape. The rusted concrete walls help to integrate the piece in the environment.