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The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.
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The project has a main building, with a ground floor and three landings, where a large part of the programme is housed, and another building located at the opposite end of the site intended for the gymnasium. Both buildings, together with the ramp that connects them, delimit the area of the sports court. The absence of clear alignments on which to support the buildings and the irregularity of the perimeters favour a solution that generates its own geometry in order to define the different spaces, leaving the rest of the plot, up to the edges, as a playground. The main building is made up of an outer ring of concrete structure where the classrooms are placed, and a central body of metal structure and paving stones that contains the tutorials, the entrances and the meeting room, a large covered central courtyard located below ground level.
It is a main building with a ground floor and three landings, where most of the programme is set, and another located at the opposite end of the plot intended for the gymnasium. The two buildings, along with the pedestrian ramp that connects them, delimit the scope of the sports court.
The absence of clear alignments on which to support the building, as well as the irregularity of the perimeters, favours a solution that looks for the definition of the different spaces in the creation of its own geometry and leaves the rest of the site as a playground.
The main building is composed of an outer ring of concrete structure where the classrooms are placed, and a central body of metal structure and paving stones that contains the assembly hall, a large central courtyard covered, tutorials and access.
The volumetric relationship of these two parts shapes the expression of the project and at the same time tries to make its operation understandable. The classrooms are arranged on three sides of the building, joined by an interior corridor that connects them to the space of the interior courtyard.
On the outside, the three floors of classrooms make up flat façades, faced with stone, which are interrupted as a solid on the ground floor. In this way, a covered porch appears around the entrance that allows access both to the classroom floors, and more significantly to the assembly hall, located at a level below the ground and with double height remains surrounded by a loft that runs around its perimeter, and it is naturally lit through the paving stones with which the central body is delivered on the ground floor.
The gym is made up of a double-space enclosure open to the sports court, and a back area with the changing rooms. The double space in the main area makes it possible to place a walkway halfway between inside and outside, which facilitates the connection with the track and the classroom building through the ramp.