21 Atlantico Kindergartens is a proposal of design of twenty one projects in diferent urban and semiurban places. The architecture looks forward to become a prototype of coverage of educational needs, social change, inclusion and urban revitalization. The project pretends to promote better life quality conditions for the children, their families and the neighbors. We propose public space uses that will turn to be for comunity meeting, a reference point for the town and pride for the inhabitants.
The educational architecture should be designed as an organism able to change and adapt to new ways of teaching as well as the relationships between students, their families and the community. The challenge as architects in a context like Colombia is to develop projects that can generate social inclusion. The problem lies not only in designing and constructing buildings in deteriorated areas, but to activate new forms of use, ownership and pride in the communities.
More than a closed and finished architecture we proposed open and adaptive systems. They are composed by association modules and patterns, capable of adapting to diverse situations; topographic, urban, social or programmatic. The construction strategy is based in the same system and its applied according to the conditions of each of the twenty one kindergartens. This methodology implies a fastest construction, cost and time reductions, it also guarantee that they will be finished.
For this reason the program of this project is not usually the one that is used in the traditional Childen Development Institutions. The access to the kindergartens has covered plazas that promote the contact with the nature and the social integration. The place where the 21 Atlantico Kindergartens are constructed suffers of constant floods so the design of the modules its not only for bioclimatic reasons but for the safety of the children that will attend. The constructions are stable and not temporary as most of the constructions in this grounds.
The materials used in the construction are simple to manage and have low costs. They were chosen too because they don’t need a continuous maintenance, it is easy to clean and repair them as they have low budget in keeping the centers. The use of the water is less and the products for cleaning too.
The image of the building refers to the geography of the region, rather than an object. We intend to develop an architectural landscape building that is related to the geography and topography, where it is inserted. We find rules of organization to develop projects that promote a "new natural contract by reformulating the relationship between figure and background, an approach in search of alternatives capable of promoting that “new natural contract in tune with a landscape and a natural order.
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Project name: 21 Atlantico Kindergartens
Design Firm: El Equipo de Mazzanti
Location: Atlántico, Colombia
Designers: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Collaborators: Juan Manuel Gil, Juliana Zambrano, SimonEscabi, Natalia Canal, David Córdoba, Juliana Zambrano, Stanley Schultz
Photos: Alejandro Arango, Alfonso Manjarrez
Director of photography: Valentina Sáchica
Client: Government of Atlántico