Kindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

Kindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

Kindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura - FacadeKindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura - Facade, Concrete, WindowsKindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura - Facade, Concrete, HandrailKindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura - Stairs, Handrail, WindowsKindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura - More Images+ 2

Granada, Spain
  • Architects: Elisa Valero Ramos: Elisa Valero Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  880
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2010
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Fernando Alda 

Text description provided by the architects. Place, program and construction determine the form of this kindergarten. The objectives are to make a functional building facing the right way, opening the classrooms and the large patio to the south, and doing so in a rapid, rational way. Straightforward geometry, all on one level to facilitate access. The entire building program is resolved under a roof of three continuous strips separated by patios.

Kindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura - Facade, Concrete, Windows
© Fernando Alda 

The outside is enclosed in high white wall that protects the children and their play from the view and noise of the street and the nearby railroad crossing. The entryway is angled so that the exit is tangential to the street. There are two entries, one for the children and parents, and the other for supplies, the service zone and kitchen. All of the classrooms for children from one to three years open onto a patio of over 600 meters which is a safe zone in case of evacuation.

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This rational distribution is adapted to a modular structure that optimizes the use of steel, the search for light and a large playground to the south for the children. Facilitating construction, minimizing details and meeting, with a minimum number of elements, all the specific demands of the program while avoiding singularities. This was the way of establishing the building criteria, rules of construction logic that facilitated the process and minimized on-the-job errors.

Kindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura - Stairs, Handrail, Windows
© Fernando Alda 

The program consisted of a kindergarten with seven units: 2 for 0-1 years, 2 for 1-2 years and 3 for 2-3 years, for a total of 102 children. Each unit required a classroom with its corresponding bathrooms, which could be shared by two classrooms, an administration area, a bathroom for the handicapped, a multipurpose space and a service area with a scullery, pantry, garbage room, laundry room, cleaning closet, equipment room and dressing rooms for the personnel. This is completed with a porch area at the entrance and a playground to the south, with a vegetable garden.

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Cite: "Kindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura" 27 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/153446/kindergarten-in-chana-elisa-valero-arquitectura> ISSN 0719-8884

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