- Project Team:José Puentes, Iván Forgioni, Juan José López, Madelaine Narváez
Text description provided by the architects. The Educational Park Zenufaná is located southwest of the department of Antioquia in the municipality of Venecia, 1350 meters above sea level, surrounded by the mountain chain of the Romeral and several hills, whose presence closes the horizon and defines the landscape.
The project is part of the initiative "Antioquia the most educated", with which the government of the department bets on the education, innovation, entrepreneurship and the culture, as an engine of change and an open door to new opportunities for children, young people and the community in general, all of this exposed in 80 educational parks and facilities of a public character, inclusive and open to all ages.
The building sits between the sidewalls of two adjoining buildings, articulating the existing building of the Mayor’s office of the municipality. The scheme seeks to form a courtyard that gathers the distant landscape with the different spaces that conforms the educational park. The intention is to incorporate the natural elements of the landscape to the architectural space, integrating them into a single spatial entity.
Taking advantage of the grounds slope, the public space is taken to the interior of the site,and ascending by ramps and stairs, creates an environment for learning, that takes place in different levels, with double heights, outdoor theaters, balconies and terraces, that create visual and programmatic relations within themselves, and that serve to support the educational and cultural activities that take place in the park.
Looking for greater transparency in the spaces, to make visible all of the creative processes in order to create synergies between the different groups in the community.