The classrooms for the older students are organized like a small village around the inner garden
Accepted ideas about educational spaces have been challenged by architect Andrés Jaque of the Office of Political Innovation with Colegio Reggio, a new private school in Madrid.
“Eschewing homogenization and unified standards, the school’s architecture aims to become a multiverse, where the layered complexity of the environment becomes legible and experiential. It functions as a set of different climates, ecosystems, architectural traditions and regulations,” writes Jaque.
On the ground floor, the classes for the youngest students. Above, the mezzanines, with tanks of reclaimed water and soil for an interior garden that reaches the highest levels of the building under a greenhouse structure. The classrooms for the older students are organized like a small village around the inner garden.
The second floor, shaped as a large void opening through arches to the surrounding ecosystems, functions as a central public space; the architectural design encourages teachers and students to participate in the management of the school and interact with the surrounding landscapes. With an area of 464.5 square meters, the semi-enclosed central space is penetrated by air that moderates airs from the neighboring area. In this space, ecologists and soil scientists designed small gardens to host small communities of insects, butterflies, birds and bats.
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