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La Felicidad School / FP arquitectura

  • 12:00 - 14 March, 2019
  • Translated by Emma Johansson
La Felicidad School / FP arquitectura
 La Felicidad School / FP arquitectura, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fontibón, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Iván Forgioni, José Puentes
  • Design Team

    Juan José López, Juan Felipe Mejía, Laura Muñeton, Daniela Núñez
  • Area

    7917.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photography

  • Structural Design

    Ingemac
  • Electric Design

    Coselecsa
  • Hydraulic Engineering

    Heco Ingeniería
  • Ecological Design

    Verónica Henríquez
  • Acustic Design

    Eduardo Maya
  • Landscaping

    Gloria Aponte
  • Consults

    Consorcio BCL
  • Clients

    Secretaria Distrital de Educación de Bogotá
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

Text description provided by the architects. Advocated by the District Department of Education and summoned by the Colombian Society of Architects in Bogotá D.C and Cundinamarca, in 2013 a public contest was realized in order to select the best proposal of design for a school in the location of Fontibón. The architecture firm FP Arquitectura won the first place in the contest with a proposal titled: A classroom a Courtyard, a School a Grand Courtyard. Finally, the school was built and inaugurated at the end of 2017, and selected by Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo- BID, as one of the most innovative schools in Latin America, due to its integration with the community and the creative design applied to a contemporary educational model.

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango
Floor Plan First Level
Floor Plan First Level
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© Alejandro Arango

Principal Idea
In contraposition to the traditional schemes of the organisation of educational spaces, of wards of corridors with classrooms on the sides, the school La Felicidad is conceived under an ordering principle that consists of a series of courtyards which each one articulates the components of the educational spaces. This allows bringing activities outside of the classroom and permits integration with nature. 

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

The Organisation of the School
The school is organised in four large zones that are located around a big central courtyard. On the southern side, the classrooms of primary school are organised on the first level and the ones of secondary school on the second level. On the northern side, with separate access, the preschool classrooms are located in one single level. The school canteen and auditorium are located on the western side. The eastern side, as a representative volume of the whole, hosts the centre of integrated resources, the library and the administrative spaces. Part of this block is elevated from the ground permitting transparency and accessibility to the main courtyard and generating a possibility of integration with the neighbourhood.

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango
Section 1
Section 1
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© Alejandro Arango

Input on the Pedagogical Processes
Giving access to courtyards and terraces of different scales as an extension of the educational spaces permits the students to have greater contact with natural light, the vegetation and open spaces. In addition, it gives the teachers the possibility to realize other non-typical pedagogical activities, as the cultivation of a garden or group works in the open air. The courtyards of various scales (courtyard-classrooms, recess courtyards and the big main courtyard) are conceived as spaces for democratic life, permitting the encounter and recognition of the students and the teachers as a part of an academic community, and in a wider sense, as citizens.

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

Technical and Economic Viability
A structure of gateways of concrete in two levels and a reduced palette of materials was proposed: exposed brick walls, stoneware and cobble floors, windows of clear tempered glass, anodized grey aluminium, steel tubing for handrails and fences. All resistant materials of low maintenance and low costs that do not require specialized workforce.

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Cite: " La Felicidad School / FP arquitectura" [Colegio distrital La Felicidad / FP arquitectura] 14 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. (Trans. Johansson, Emma) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/913114/la-felicidad-school-fp-arquitectura/> ISSN 0719-8884

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