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PUZZLE PIECE

New and old
TM. de Telde, Spain
Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, Las Palmas de GC, Spain
2011
World Architecture Festival 2011 - Category Winner

Juan Correa 


NEW AND OLD CREATIVE RE-USE/ADAPTATION

PUZZLE PIECE

At the patio of the Infant School ´La Herradura´ a new organic landscape grows agaisnt the rigid tipology of the original building, opposed and superimposed. The bright colours and soft shadows gently fill the newly covered patio, turning it into a living landscape. In a similar intent to Villa Mairea the supports vanish and the satinated treatment of the enclosing walls captures the luminous reflections, helping to fragment an impressionist reality formed by spots of colours. The patio, thus, becomes a scenario for representation, a limitless scenario adequate to the magic of the infant games. Whilst glympes of the outside trees can be seen from the patio, the new roof cover has been permissive only with them and with the clouds, the rest erased from the canvas. - Juan Luis Trillo de Leyva, Professor at the Seville School of Architecture -

The brief demanded a cover solution for the existing patio that would generate naturally ventilated shadowed areas and protection from the sun and rain for the infant games. On plan, the organic form encloses the exterior envelope of the direct routes between classes, dining-room and main access. The result is this sort of puzzle piece that inserts itselft into the old, subtle dialogue by barely touching it, almost floating like a cloud, light flooding the existing walls. Despite the poured 60m³ of reinforced concrete the cover appears light and airy, with a changing slab section of 20cm-30cm.
The cover is suspended from the existing roof structure minimising the number of pillars. The metallic circular pillars of dimension 114mm x 5,4mm, are coloured like a small forest, dissappearing agaisnt the enclosing walls. The roof slab is suspended from the existing roof structural beams with bolted metallic HEB120 profiles.

The cover changes the character of the space, the result achieves an expressive and unitary vision of the object, allowing to control the solar radiation, light, rainwater and providing intimacy and scale for the infants.

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Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos
Las Palmas de GC
Spain
 

Professional Credits »

Architect
Mr Pedro Romera Garcia
Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos
Spain
0034928368804
jorge@romerayruiz.com

Client / Developer
Concejalía de Educación, Ayuntamiento de Telde
Spain

Environmental Engineer
Mr Pedro Romera Garcia
Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos
Spain
0034928368804
jorge@romerayruiz.com

Main Contractor
Mr Samuel Mentado
Syocsa Inarsa, S.A.
Spain

Structural Engineer
Mr Hugo Ventura
Ventura y Machado Asociados
Spain
00 34 928 372 296